The power pentathlon last weekend gave me the push I needed to invest in a jump mat which I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. The mat can be seen in use in the pictures below.
The device works by calculating the height of the vertical jump from the time in the air. It also allows me to calculate elasticity by performing a four jump test and determining the ground contact time between jumps. As it provides instant feedback it allows people to instantly see the difference between different techniques and between a good or a heavy (“blocked”) landing. It’s also a timing device that allows me to times short sprints and agility runs.
Where I’ve included vertical jumps in testing and assessments I’ll be starting to use the new device and will also be using it in strength and conditioning sessions