In this video I talk about the penultimate step and the positioning of the foot, flat prior to the take-off. This enables the jumper's hips to move through optimally into the take-off and for the movement of the limbs to be at their most effective. It also allows for maximum/optimum transference of speed into the jump - given the need to maintain horizontal velocity with minimal blocking on the board. Speed is lost but this needs to be minmised. The long jump is not a sprint with a high jump at the end... the run-up and the positioning into the take-off and off the board are all about minimising speed loss and achieving a relatively shallow angle of take-off. This is generally regarded to be between 22-25-degrees.
Paul in this video was generating great hight (he jumped 7.79) but he was not striving for this. Not all jumpers are the same and some bring different abilities and strengths (and speeds) to the event and these need to be worked into finding the model that works for them - don't impose something, rather work within the fundamentals of the event to develop the right technical (and conditioning) model for the jumper. If the set-up for the jump is correct in many ways the rest will look after itself.
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