ABOUT THE COURSE:
1. Don’t land with your feet outside your base. If you’re standing straight up, imagine a straight line drawn from your shoulders to the ground. Upon landing, your feet should be inside those lines, if possible. “If your foot is extended away from your trunk, this often leads to the knee collapsing inwards,” Taylor said. “If you’re talking about knee injuries, that’s a tell-tell sign; if the foot gets out too far, the knee collapses inwards.”
2. Don’t land with your legs straight. Your knee is a joint, so imagine it both 90 degrees — at an L-shaped bend like you’re sitting in a chair — and a 180 — if you’re standing straight up with your knees locked. Upon landing, the closer your knees come to 180, the more dangerous it is. When you land with your knees in a relatively straight position, it hurts your ability to sink into the landing. “The most common way for many players is not even landing on not even necessarily a straightened leg, but a leg at about a 160 degree joint angle,” Ayers said. “So what that does is sends a lot of force up through the leg, and it’s not absorbed by the muscles.”
3. Don’t resist the urge to fall. Especially in a sport like basketball, where mid-air contact is expected, it’s not always possible for a perfect landing. In instances where your leg strays away from your base, or you’re at risk of landing straight, it’s OK to fall down. “Ultimately, I think the two mistakes I see the most are landing on a straight leg and then resisting the urge to fall down when you’ve landed in a relatively awkward position,”
For that reason, Marco Nuñez, will helps us how we can improve our Jumping Skills to jump higher and how to land on the best way to avoid injuries.
From Marco Nuñez:
High Performance Athletic Trainer | Sports Medicine Specialist | Sports Scientist | MS in Human Movement | PES CES FMS SFMA FCS |
Over 20 years of experience working in professional sports.