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Mar 7, 2016

With a combined twenty years of experience working with athletes from Pop Warner to the Olympic Games, we are finally convinced that nearly every coach faces the same issues when it comes to sports performance training. In the last four years over 3,000 athletes that have entered our facility. In this time, we have worked with gold medalists, National Football League (NFL) running backs, and more Division I athletes than anyone in our area. We have seen puberty do its damage, scholarships be offered and signed, and the vicious cycles of early specialization right before our eyes.

From Major League Baseball (MLB) prospects to middle school all-stars, we have seen every movement and strength discrepancy you can think of such as, but not limited to:

  • Posterior chain strength
  • Hip and shoulder mobility
  • Core stability
  • Balance between anterior and posterior expressions of strength
  • Coordination and balance
  • Work capacity and overall fitness

However, the one quality that rang in our ears so loud that needed to be fixed, was landing mechanics.

What goes up must always come down and we are here to tell you that as a group of professionals, we have spent far too long focusing on the former rather than the latter. We have done everything in our power to raise the box height and extend the tape measure all without addressing the aftermath.

Instead of worrying about the absorption, we have worried about the production. Instead of addressing the finish, we have planned our efforts around the start. Instead of helping our athletes address issues proactively, we have worked with them reactively, after the damage has already been done.

This manual and DVD exist to educate and remind today's coaches that what we do truly matters.

While we continuously strive to improve athletic performance through a holistic integration of coaching power, speed, strength, conditioning, and skill, we mustn't veer too far from the path of what matters most; body position and the ability to control it.

We can continuously challenge their training maxes on popular exercises such as squats, presses and pulls, but will it carryover to the field?

Will a teenage female field hockey player benefit from a heavier deadlift or an extra set or two of single-leg hops?

Will a teenage male basketball player benefit from another set of bench press or better coaching on depth drops?

Go ahead and look at any injury on the field or court, contact or non-contact. Doesn't it seem that injuries occur when the body or a segment of the athlete's body is out of position?

  •  Ankle sprain?
  • Pulled hamstring?
  • Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?

Something, or a combination of things, was out of position at that moment of injury.  

Sure, a male might remember the first time he bench pressed 225lbs but his mom will remember the cries, the pain, and the struggles of working through physical therapy after a torn ACL.

Moving forward, we ask that you keep an open mind and construct a plan for jump training for any level of athlete you work with. It is easy to show off fancy charts of periodization schemes in the weight room or seasonal plans of energy system based conditioning protocols.

Why wouldn't we do the same for jump training?

Simply put, we want to help your athletes develop the skills needed to control their bodies in space, at any given time, or at any speed both effectively and efficiently. Sport is a wildly reactive and chaotic activity, and our physical preparation should prepare our athletes for multiple changes of direction and speeds optimally.

It does not matter how strong you are if you cannot control the number one thing you utilize while competing: your body.  

Analyzing the progressions and execution of exercises in this guide can fill the gap between power development and injury prevention. More importantly, we have taken into consideration what every coach will experience with their time in front of their athletes; whether it is 10 athletes, 100 athletes, males, females, all-stars, or walk-ons. This guide to jump training brings the element of organization and coaching together to help your athletes reach their potential both on and off the field. 

Thanks for your support!

Bobby Smith & Adam Feit


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