Thirty years after Dick Fosbury's triumph at the Mexico Olympic Games the
Fosbury flop remains the sole technique used by the world's high jumping elite. The
introduction of the flop technique was the most recent landmark in the technical evolution
of the high jump. Much speculation has concerned the optimum high jumping technique.
The aim of the present study was to determine the influence of approach parameters
on jump height performance, and to determine the optimum approach parameters for an
elite male high jumper. This was investigated both experimentally and theoretically. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Sports Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.