How to do...the high jump
A good high jumper will have explosive speed and a smooth technique to get over the bar.
The most commonly used method is the Fosbury Flop.
An aggressive sprint approaching the bar is the key to a good jump.
The run-in should be curved in towards the bar to give your body the angle and speed to launch.
You should take off from the foot furthest from the bar.
This will be the right foot if you come in from the left.
Aim to drive yourself upwards, using your arms to power yourself over the bar.
Use your leading leg to twist your body over the bar and aim to lay back.
These three things will help you the clear the bar:
1. Arms to your side
2. Arch your back
3. Lift your hips
Even after your bottom has cleared the bar, make sure you lift your head and feet to complete the clearance.
Jumping too high too early and over-arching your back are common mistakes which lead to knocking the bar off.