Better Swimming Starts Here!
The hip flexors are a group of muscles toward the front of the hip. They help you move or flex your leg and knee up towards your body. Why is improving hip flexor flexibility so critical in vertical jump performance? When contracted, or shortened, the hip flexors pull the femur up towards the torso, and when we perform a vertical jump we generate power though our legs and hips. Full hip extension is necessary to maximize speed through essentially all explosive movements from a standing position- such as starts and turns.
Should Swimmers Increase Their Vertical Jump?
Absolutely! Starts and turns are essentially jumps. Jumping farther either from the block or off the wall will maximize your breakouts & help you improve your performance down the lane.