ABSTRACT: DURING LANDING, THE BODY IS EXPOSED TO HIGH GROUND REACTION FORCES (GRFs), CONTRIBUTING TO LOWER-BODY INJURY OCCURRENCE. DROP HEIGHT, JUMPING DISTANCE, LANDING STRATEGY, AND SPECIFIC LANDING KINEMATICS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS FACTORS THAT HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON LANDING GRF. EFFECTIVE LANDING PROGRESSIONS INCLUDE INCREASING JUMP HEIGHT AND DISTANCE, LANDING BILATERAL TO UNILATERAL, FOREFOOT TO HEEL FOOT PLACEMENT, ENLARGING KNEE ANGLE ON IMPACT, AND REDUCING PASS HEIGHT. IN ADDITION, IMPLEMENTING FUNDAMENTAL LANDING PRINCIPLES ALLOWS THE BODY TO DISSIPATE GRF SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY. THEREFORE, THE INCORPORATION OF THESE FACTORS INTO GENERAL CONDITIONING PRACTICE TO PROGRESS LANDING INTENSITY IS RECOMMENDED.
1Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
2School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, ECU, Perth, Australia
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: This research was funded by Netball New Zealand. The authors report no conflicts of interest.
Guy A. Mothersole is a postgraduate student in sport and exercise science with the School of Sport and Recreation, AUT University and a strength and conditioning coach for High Performance Sport New Zealand.
John B. Cronin is a professor in Strength and Conditioning at the AUT University and holds an adjunct professorial position at Edith Cowan University.
Nigel K. Harris is a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at the AUT University and a strength and conditioning coach.