Olympic Coach Tips For Figure Skating: Jumping Exercises For Head Control (Michelle Leigh)

Olympic coach Michelle Leigh has a skater demonstrate her exercises for head control in jumping.  Head pre-rotation is probably the most common major jumping error at the lower levels and it actually prevents many skaters from ever reaching higher levels in the sport.

These exercises are done with the skater setting up the jump near the barrier and jumping directly away from the plexi-glass.  This allows the skater to see their own reflection and focus on it during the initial jumping movements.

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In this video, the demonstator isn’t jumping directly away from the plexi-glass but the skater is keeping his head still as Michelle wants.  Notice the other details of these drills.  All the jumps are done in front of the plexi-glass except lutz (and obviously not axel).

The end of the video includes slow motion so you can clearly and easily see the head position and movement.  The jumps themselves are also pretty good for modeling.

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7 Responses to “Olympic Coach Tips For Figure Skating: Jumping Exercises For Head Control (Michelle Leigh)”
  1. February 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Karen love the slow motion on this really helpful!

  2. February 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Nancy This is great! Thanks so much. I love that he jumps clockwise. I have a student working on her double loop and I will show her this video. Thanks Michelle! I appreciate all that you do at iCoachSkating!

  3. February 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Sheila Thelen Trevor, not only are you a good interviewer (I know this because you keep ME on track) - but you are an AMAZING Video EDITOR!!! Loved the slow motion & left handed example. BTW - Michelle is a rock star! LOVE IT!

  4. April 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Lauren what is the benefit of the extra landing?

  5. June 12, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Zou really nice vid!! hope to see more of this on all jumps and how to develope more rotation!

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