Podcast #11: Daniel Back (Jump Science)

Vertical Jump Space Problems:

  1. “The concept of a plyometric-based program is risky.” “You’re not addressing structure very well at all.”
  2. “Training way too much.”
  3. Isolation ideas: “Just get your squat up mindset.”

Jump Science’s Principles

  1. Specificity: “Whatever you’re trying to get good at, you have to have a background of doing it.”
  2. General Strength Training. “Squatting.. applies across the board to a lot of things, it enhances a lot of different abilities.”
  3. Being thorough with your structure.
  4. Management of strength and speed (athleticism).

Sprinting to jump higher: “It’s not high knee stress.”

Cross country and sprint athletes: Athleticism could come from submaximal running. “All those foot contacts on the ground develop elasticity in the lower leg.”

Two-leg vs. One-leg jumpers: “It’s probably more of a difference between the individual athletes than it is the specific activity.”

Low rim dunking: “Practicing the skill of dunking would make it superior to just trying to jump up and touch the rim.”

Sprinting Faster versus Jumping Higher: “To maximize speed versus maximize jumping ability, it’s further away from strength.” “Sprinting is more sensitive to fatigue.”

Jumper’s Knee: “You need volume to develop structure.” “Doing 6 sets of 2 squats does not build up structure very well.”

Ankles: “It’s not really about developing strength… we really need to have control of your foot and have your reflexes be sharp.”

Hamstrings: “When you overdo front side mechanics, you’re basically just creating a situation that’s made to injure the hamstring.” “Just the hip hinge is like 90% of the battle in terms of hamstring strength to prevent injury.”

3 things to jump higher and stay healthy:

  1. You’ve been training too much for too long. Rest.
  2. Less lifting. Maybe you need to just be an athlete for awhile.
  3. I think a lot of people under eat and they don’t really give them self a chance to adapt to their training.”

Email: daniel@jump-science.com

Website: http://jump-science.com/