Long Jump

Long Jump

The long jump is a track and field event that requires a combination of speed, strength, and technique. Here are step-by-step instructions for performing the long jump:

Video Instructions on How to Do a Long Jump

Approach Run:

  1. Starting Position:
    • Begin by standing at the starting line with your feet shoulder-width apart.
    • Your body should be relaxed, and your arms should hang naturally by your sides.
  2. Acceleration:
    • Start your run with a gradual acceleration, building up to maximum speed by the time you reach the takeoff board.
    • Use a smooth, controlled stride pattern. Focus on maintaining good posture and a straight line from your head to your feet.
  3. Stride Length:
    • Take long, powerful strides to cover as much distance as possible during the approach.
    • Keep your strides consistent, and avoid overstriding or taking short steps.


  1. Takeoff Board:
    • As you approach the takeoff board, maintain your speed and prepare for the takeoff.
    • The takeoff is typically performed using a “hop, step, and jump” technique.
  2. Hop:
    • Push off your takeoff foot (usually the non-dominant foot) into a short hop.
    • Keep your free leg (non-takeoff leg) in a flexed position, ready for the next steps.
  3. Step:
    • After the hop, take a quick and powerful step with your other leg.
    • Swing your arms forward and upward to assist in lifting your body.
  4. Jump:
    • The final phase is the actual jump. Extend your takeoff leg forward and upward, bringing your free leg forward for balance.
    • Aim to achieve a horizontal body position during the flight phase.

Flight Phase:

  1. Body Position:
    • Keep your body as horizontal as possible during the jump.
    • Extend your arms forward and parallel to the ground for balance.


  1. Preparation for Landing:
    • As you begin to descend, prepare for the landing by flexing your hips and knees.
  2. Landing:
    • Aim to land feet-first in the sandpit, extending your legs forward to achieve the longest possible mark.
    • Use a rolling or diving motion to safely land in the sand.


  • Practice:
    • Regularly practice your approach run and takeoff to improve your technique and timing.
  • Strength and Flexibility:
    • Incorporate strength and flexibility exercises into your training regimen to enhance your performance.
  • Coach’s Guidance:
    • Seek guidance from a coach or experienced long jump athlete to receive personalized feedback and tips.

Remember, mastering the long jump takes time and practice. Pay attention to your form, seek feedback, and continually refine your technique to maximize your distance.