The depth jump is the creme de la creme of basketball plyometrics. It has such sound research behind it and is the most effective and efficient plyometric exercise to train with explosive athletes.
It plays an outstanding role in my vertical jump program, which will release in the coming weeks.
I's such a beneficial exercise in increasing the vertical jump because it requires athletes how to first absorb force when landing. That's where I focus much of the video below. We must learn how to land before we create, redirect, and apply force.
Cues for landing part of the depth jump
Dropping off the box and landing lightly on our toes with light knee bend
A deep squat landing isn't what we want because we want to redirect the force eventually
This requires light knee bend and being light on toes ready for triple extension (ankle, knee, and hip extension)
Land in this athletic stance with butt dropped and engaged
Arms at sides
Irradiating force through hands by squeezing them
Think as if you're going to jump after landing because that's what we'll be progressing to
Landing may seem simple but can we do so without being loud? Can we be catlike? Soft and quiet on the landing?
These are the qualities we seek. Bec