High Jump

May 13, 2014
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Most of you know that high jumpers today basically “flop” over the bar.  That was not the case when I attended high school.  We used the Western Roll.  The Western Roll is really an apt description of what an athlete did.  He jumped as high as he could and rolled his body full length over the bar.  The jumper’s head, arms, and legs all went over the bar at the same time.

Today, with the use of the Fossbury Flop, the head and shoulders go over the bar first and the hips and legs follow.  In this technique your back is next to the bar whereas in the roll your stomach was next to the bar.  Dick Fossbury introduced this technique in 1966.  He cleared 6’7″ using this form and convinced his coach that this was a better technique than the Western Roll.

Since men now have reached 8′ and women almost 7′, I don’t think you will see the Western Roll ever make a come back.

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