Use the Right Shoes
Too many jumpers are either jumping in regular track spikes or in spikeless basketball or running shoes. Using spikes, most jumpers can gain at least 6", if not 12" on their current best. THe reason being is that high jump is all about taking horizontal speed and turning it into vertical pop, and taking the angle of your body from the curve to flip you over the bar.
Without a good set of high-jump shoes that have both toe and heel spikes, you not only lose the solid plant you need to transfer your running speed into vertial acceleration, but you also risk badly injuring your ankle and causing shin splints.
New track shoes don't cost an arm an a let. DO an internet search for high jump shoes and try online stores like Eastbay to find an inexpensive pair. Usually, you can find a good set for about $25, the more you pay, the better quality and coomfort you can get, but the $25 pair will do the trick.
Save Your Legs During Warmup
When you are warming up,don't take too many jumps. There is no need. When you do take jumps, make sure you are doing your full routine before each one including your pre-jump ritual. Treat it like a legitimate jump so that when it comes time to do the real thing, you are confident you can succeed.
At most take 7 warm-up jumps, but try to keep it at 5 or less. If you can do with even less than that, do it. The more you jump, the more you are going to waste your energy.
If you need to get your legs warm, jog around the track and do some short, light sprints, but don't use jumps to get your muscles warm. Jumps take a lot out of your lets and body, energy that you will need once the competition begins.
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