The NFL combine is a place where some of the greatest athletes in the world try to display their athleticism in hopes to land a spot on a NFL team. One of the test at them combines is the vertical jump. It is a test to display a prospects explosive jumping ability. This test is especially important for receivers as they are involved in “jump ball” situations where they have to come down with the ball for that first down or make that catch in the back of the endzone.
Wide receivers just completed their tests this here and here are some of the results. They best jump by a receiver is 43.5″ by UCONN receiver Kasif Moore. Please be aware that other intangibles go into making a great receiver but be sure that Kasif got a lot of scouts attention.
I came across a nice vid that talks about the best exercises to jump higher. He emphasizes exercise the work the muscle specifically needed to jump higher in sports like basketball and volleyball. Check out the vid and let me know what you think.
There is more to performing at peak levels than getting faster and stronger. In addition to training your muscles, you also need to train your central nervous system (CNS). Often when you are peaking for competition, you are also training your CNS to handle the increased demands. Here is an article from Scott Bias that explains how you can train your CNS for a higher vertical Jump. Here is an excerpt.
You have something that’s probably more responsible for your level of athleticism than every muscle fiber and tendon in your body put together but few trainers address it. In fact everyone is so busy focusing on muscle strength and fiber type that they tend to forget about what’s causing muscle contraction in the first place. Read the rest of the article here…
I read a simple article about why it is important to train the vertical jump. There aren’t many practical tips like you’d find here but it serves as a reminder why vertical jump training is important to athletes. Here’s an excerpt:
If you are an athlete you definitely know what the word competition means. Sports are all about competition, though a lot of us are into sport for leisure there is a great number of individuals who takes it with much professionalism. These are the individuals who consider the sport as their lifetime career. Success is very difficult to achieve in such competitive world. You need to be the best all the time. That is why most athletes today train how to jump higher. Read the rest here...
Just read a great article that questions the need for the initial vertical jump test. My coaches and websites (this site included) recommends the usual plyometrics and vertical jumping drills but is this a mistake? Is your body ready for plyo drills? Here’s an excerpt from the article, you be the judge.
1) The vertical jump simply isn’t an appropriate test for most (but not all) high school athletes. Not only are there other methods of assessing one’s athletic potential, but continually making an athlete jump up and down with maximal effort can be dangerous. Let me briefly explain. Read the full article.
Men’s Health Magazine revealed a new study performed by European researchers that say you should make big jumps in exercise volume in a short period of time. This will lead to more muscle damage which will lead to bigger gains. Below is an excerpt of the article. You can click the link to read the entire article.
Want to get the same jump-boosting benefits as the study participants? Here’s their routine: Complete 40 jump squats 3 days a week, resting for 3 seconds between each rep. In week 2, increase to 70 jump squats. During the third week, add 5 pounds of weight and continue to complete 70 reps. Read the entire article here…
I found an interesting article about training the muscles used in jumping. This article stresses the importance of developing strength and speed to increase your vertical. Below is an excerpt of the article with a link to the actual site. What do you think? If you are still having difficulty putting together a training program, you can find a proven program to add 6-10 inches to your vertical here.
The quads and calves are the two target muscles you need to concentrate on to make real gains with your vertical jump workouts. You will also be inadvertently working out your other leg muscles in the process-which is a good thing!-but really concentrating on your quads and calves are where the best gains in power and jump height will be found. Read the rest here…
Editorial Comment: The article below describes great tips to jump higher for basketball. While we believe jump shoes can be helpful, improving your strength, speed, flexibility, conditioning are most important when trying to jump higher for basketball. Ajump higher program should emphasize the physical attributes mentioned above.
Millions of peopleplay basketballaround the world. Whether you are visiting a park, driveway, backyard or gym, you must have come across several people who have been striving hard to jump higher and dunkthe ball in. There are a number of ways which can help you do so, such as the following:
1. Strength shoes are much popular amongst professional basketball players, who make it a point of giving credit of jumping high to these shoes. These shoes actually work to strengthen the leg muscles enough, so that one can jump at length without any difficulty. These are easily available at sport shops or online stores.
2. Charles Barkley, a retiredbasketball player mentioned in his book that by jumping rope every day he advanced his ability of jumping. The same method can be used forhigh jumps.
A jumping rope that works best is of leather, because it works for a longer time. If you are not using a jumping rope, you can simply jump at one place for around ten minutes, as this would have a similar effect.
3. By doing lunges one gets to strengthen his or her upper and lower leg muscles to a great extent. Working out with two small dumbbells or a small rod also helps but make sure not to use too much weight in the beginning. Also only do 2-3 sets of ten initially.
4. Try to walk on the balls of your feet as this is also known as an effective way.
This exercise is not as exhausting as the rest and works really well. With time you can increase its difficulty level by going uphill and not letting your whole feet touch the ground.
You may get to know about various methods that can help you jump higher for basket ball. But you need to make sure to be committed enough, and willing to work hard in order to reach the goal. Performing exercises to jump higher will improve your ability to dominate the game.