One big false I see in youth/HS, sadly in many D III and even some Northeast D I's
is the over-emphasis on the penultimate.
That is to say, kids run and jump all their lives. To go to a school and have some hack tell a kid: about, and how to perform that which til then, came naturally? This always has poor results. The kid starts "thinking" penultimate, which leads to all sorts of problems.
When you see "Superman" on TV (the real one, not some former SEC LJ'er)
which one looks more athletic "at takeoff"?
Christopher Reeve or the cartoon version?
The correct answer can be found in a quick look at the *beach ball – golf ball*
picture I posted in an earlier post.
LJ rightly places a premium on horizontal qualities. Its a bit of a simplification but:
horizontal energy can be transfered into vertical.
Can you imagine a LJ approach at 90 degrees vertical to the takeoff board. The result cant be found in Track and Field News or in any medical journals but it has a name,
Sudden Deceleration Trauma!!!
Powell wasnt the 100m man that Carl was, but he had that odd little off-line penultimate that Randy wont fess up to me about when I ask him. I have settled on the idea that like a H.Jumper's lean lowers the center of mass prior to their penultimate, that Mike needed more vertical and fractionally got some by going off center on his next to last. I also believe that doing so counteracted the deceleration that one would normally get from an over-emphasized penultimate in the traditionally straight line, last 3 steps thru plant.
Just re-read the above. Either I am a savant? you should take away my newly earned stars? or I am off on another rant?
Time to talk to the mess boys about those strawberries…