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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:59 am    Post subject: Fosbury article Reply with quote

http://english.sport-express.ru/articles/9_8/

Good read, enjoy.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject: Fosbury article Reply with quote

I found Fosbury's account of working with coach Berny Wagner particularly interesting. I was a high jumper at OSU beginning in 1972. That was a few years after Dick Fosbury. What I particularly remember was Berny's remarks to me during my first year there regarding what he had learned about Fosbury's technique.

He said "The only thing we really understand about it is that Dick's (Fosbury) best jumps came when he was still leaned away from the bar when he planted his takeoff foot". That wasn't much to go on.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess that would be the differentiating factor from techniques that involve diving or rolling into the pit. Neutral It does seem they would have figured out more about what makes the technique click by '72, though.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:01 pm    Post subject: Fosbury article Reply with quote

Yes indeed, it is surprising. But what is more surprising is the current state of knowledge (or lack thereof) among the general coaching community. It is still nearly impossible to find a high school coach who understands that you have construct your approach in such a way that it delivers you to your takeoff spot leaned away from the bar at plant, and heading toward the center of the bar. Without an approach that does these things a jumper wastes much of the height attained by the center of mass - it is simply not translated into clearing the bar.

The trick is to consturct the approach rather than just winging it. A carefully constructed approach that is run properly works every time. In addition, such an approach is adjustable and thus enables the jumper (or coach) to fit the approach to the particular jumper and his or her growth in the sport.
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