For some reason, it seems like much of what is thrown around the world of training, as far as coaching athletes is concerned is new exercises and repackaged ways of achieving the same thing. Paradigm shifts in the world of human performance don’t come along very often (and many are afraid of accepting them), but the 60 coaches who gathered in Lombard, Illinois were in for something special.
Depth jumping may be the best single method of advancing overall power and jump height. It may also be the most incorrectly performed exercise. Coaches need to establish personal goals for their athletes based on a number of factors, and ensure that the jumps are performed properly.
Joel Smith is an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of California, Berkeley where he works with track and field, swimming and tennis.