The Fosbury Flop was created by the American High Jumper Dick Fosbury who won a Gold Medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics and brought it to the world's attention. Here we outline the basic progressions a beginner would go through to learn the technique.

The Fosbury Flop requires the person jumping to cross the bar and land on their shoulders perpendicular to the bar.

Technique:

This high jump drill aims to encourage the student to turn their head towards the shoulder which is furthest from the bar. This is not a natural move so make it a gradual process by asking the student to turn little by little. The effect that this has is that they will start to cross the bar in a perpendicular angle to the bar rather than a right angle.

This turning effect is also assisted by the "hockey stick" or "j-shaped" run up which consists of the student running in a straight line towards the high jump, with the last 3 or 4 strides curving around. This helps with the rotation.

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