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In today’s Physical Education Class class, we will be learning about Techniques And Rules in Long Jump
Techniques And Rules in Long Jump
The objective of the long jump is simple – to cover the maximum possible distance with a horizontal jump. That being said, Long Jump is one of the most technically difficult track and field events to master.
Long Jump Rules And Technique
Long jumpers start with a running start, propel themselves in the air at a designated launching point, also called the take-off board, and try to achieve maximum distance in the air before landing inside a sand pit.
So, the entire course consists of three parts. The runway, the take-off board and the sandpit to land in.
In official events, the runway measures 40m in length. It is similar to a running track used in sprinting, mid-distance or long-distance running events and is made out of a rubberised material laid over concrete.
At the end of the runway lies a 20cm wide take-off board. The runway and the take-off board must be level with each other.
The end of the take-off board is marked with a foul line. While taking off, the toe of the jumper’s shoe needs to be behind the foul line for a particular jump to be deemed legal. Crossing the line results in a foul jump and doesn’t count.
After being airborne, the jumper lands in the sandpit placed on the other side of the take-off board.
The distance covered, from the edge of the take-off board to the indentation in the sand (made by any part of the athlete’s body while landing) closest to the take-off board, is measured.
In summary, the entire jump needs to be completed within one minute after the long jumper steps into the runway. Long jumpers are allowed to wear spikes if they prefer but the sole of their shoe cannot be more than 13mm thick.
At events, an athlete is often given a fixed number of attempts and the one with the longest distance covered, is counted as the best.
What is Long Jump?
Explain five differences between High Jump and Long Jump
Mention three techniques in Long Jump.
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