ABSTRACT: SPORTING MOVEMENTS OFTEN INVOLVE JUMP LANDINGS FROM A VARIETY OF HEIGHTS AND DISTANCES. THESE JUMP LANDINGS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH GROUND REACTION FORCES. ALTHOUGH ATHLETES MAY HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO ABSORB THESE JUMP-LANDING IMPACTS, INCORRECT LANDING TECHNIQUE, INSUFFICIENT MUSCULAR STRENGTH, AND A LACK OF BALANCE AND NEUROMUSCULAR CONTROL PLACE THE LOWER EXTREMITIES UNDER RISK OF INJURY. DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING JUMP-LANDING TRAINING INTEGRATING CORRECT LANDING PRINCIPLES AND SPECIFIC CONDITIONING OF THE LOWER LIMB MAY HELP TO REDUCE INJURY PREVALENCE AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE. THIS ARTICLE FOCUSES ON TARGETED STRATEGIES AND SYSTEMATIC PROGRESSIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF JUMP-LANDING PROFICIENCY FOR FEMALE ATHLETES.
1Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; and
2School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Guy Mothersole is a Masters graduate in sport and exercise science with The School of Sport and Recreation, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand, and a strength and conditining coach for High Performance Sport New Zealand.
John B. Cronin is a Professor in Strength and Conditioning at 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 AUT University and a strength and conditioning coach.