How to Land a Jump From a High Place

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Whether you're into parkour, free running or just like to leap from high objects, knowing how to safely land jumps can save you from serious injury and improve your fitness. For low jumps, landing on your feet and bending your knees to absorb the impact works well enough, but for jumps above 6 feet or so you'll need to implement a different technique to remain safe.

  • Focus on the ground as you leave your perch. If you're moving forward, keep your eyes on the spot where you're trying to land, instead of to the sides or far in front of you.

  • Make first contact with the ground on the balls of your feet. Bending your knees to help absorb some of the initial impact of the jump.

  • Allow your momentum to carry you forward into a roll. Reach out for the ground with your hands, and let yourself fall forward.

  • Touch the ground with one of your shoulders as you start your roll. The idea behind this is to avoid rolling directly over your neck, which exposes your spinal cord to injury.

  • Continue to roll diagonally across your back. Round your spine to smooth out the tumbling motion and distribute the force of your jump across the ground.

  • Keep your legs bent, and step out of the roll.

Tips & Warnings

  • Strive to make the landing and roll as smooth and uninterrupted as possible.
  • Don't jump from high places until you've mastered the roll out of lower jumps. Any jump carries the risk of serious injury, and potentially death, so always put safety first.
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