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Excelsior AD Club newsletter March 2019 We have had so much happen in the last month, and exciting things happening in the run up to Easter, it is best to keep them all in one place. So here you go. 6 members complete their Athletic Development Coaching Course Archie, Daisy, Flora, Jakin, Rebecca and Stephanie […]

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Is it the shoes? 3 tips to improve your vertical jump.

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Is it the shoes?

Basketball players looooove their shoes.  Even NBA players have succumbed to the allure of shiny new shoes that claim to improve your vertical jump.

But more than shoes, there are some simple ways of improving your vertical jump (or Vertical in the basketball vernacular).

  1.  Get stronger legs. Sounds simple, but improving your overall leg strength will mean that you can develop more type IIa muscle fibres that will assist in power development. This means squatting in the range of 80-95% of your maximum, to parallel or below for 3-4 reps and up tot 5 sets.
  2. Work on tendon reactivity and co ordination. Once your legs are strong, then you have to work on the rate of force development- how quickly can you synchronise your muscle and tendon recruitment? One way to do this is ankle tapping drills which work on the foot control and minimising ground contact time.
  3. Game time situations. Your body reacts differently to pressure and the cues of other people around it. Practice jump shots and rebounding in a crowd. This will help you move faster and correspondingly higher than your opponent because you will be working subconsciously through autonomic nerve reflexes, rather than conscious thought. You will have practised in chaos, and be able to transfer that to the game more rapidly.

Or, if that sounds like hard work, you could go out and buy some new shoes….

Join our Jump Higher programme to really increase your vertical.


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