More Insights on Jump Landings (Robert Tebby)

World and Olympic coach Robert Tebby continues his discussion of jump landings (see previous video here). Robert says this about landings, “We want to separate what’s technically correct and what’s going to help us actually land a jump, and then what actually looks good.” In terms of aesthetics of the landing position, he likes a straight or locked free leg from flexing the quad muscle and that leg is turned out from the hip. Robert also likes the head turned to the axis side and the axis side arm at shoulder height and pointing directly into the circle, but he admits that is more of a technical thing to help slow and stop the rotation of the jump. He continues, “To me the left (non-axis) arm is kind of window dressing.” He likes that arm up at about a 45 degree angle mostly for how it looks, but it also helps keep a skater’s center of mass properly over the axis side.

Robert says, “Nothing happens on the landing. The landing is a direct result of what you did on the take-off. Whatever happened on the take-off is going to reoccur on the landing.” He gives an example of this where the non-axis arm pulls on the take-off and that typically causes a similar pull on the landing. He makes a major point by noting that a jump that has an axis problem at landing isn’t a landing issue (effect), it’s a take-off issue (cause).

Finally, Robert discusses the landing problem of “being off the hip.” He explains how this common problem happens, and notes it usually happens as a result of a take-off error. If the non-axis shoulder gets “ahead of the core” rotationally, it can happen again at landing the body compensates by popping the axis hip out (into the landing circle). He says, “Really the cure is, go back to the take-off.”


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