Correlation Between Jump Foot Force Production and Distance Jumped in Collegiate Long Jumpers

Faculty Sponsor

Kelly Helm


Arts and Sciences


Department of Kinesiology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2019


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the jump foot force off the long jump board and the distance jumped while preforming a long jump. The question to be answered was, "What is the relationship between the jump foot force and the distance jumped for collegiate long jumpers?" Six long jumpers (M=4; F=2), participated. The study was performed on an outdoor track in the spring of 2019. The participants started with warm up exercises. Orpyx ® shoe pods were placed inside the athlete's shoes in order to measure foot pressure. The participants completed three four stride, eight step approach jumps into the sand pit, one at a time. The distance jumped was measured for each participant using a measuring tape. The Orpyx® measured the force per square inch of the foot off the long jump board. Data from the Orpyx® saved automatically to the cloud via Bluetooth. A Spearman’s correlation was completed to determine the relationship between mean jump foot force and distance jumped. An evident weak, positive monotonic correlation between mean jump foot force and distance jumped was shown.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Malik Riley is an exercise science major with a minor in human biology. He is also a track and field student-athlete, which was one of the main reasons he is interested in this topic. Malik plans to earn a master's degree in athletic training.

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