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My child is very cautious, how can I help him/her learn to jump?

Learning to jump comes more easily to younger skaters who have not developed the fear of falling and hurting themselves. Some children seem to naturally be assertive and fearless and love to jump into the air with confidence and a lack of concern about the landing.

A coach needs to impart correct jumping technique to every skater; however, the timid skater must acquire the concept of jumping high and rotating around the landing foot to advance to multi-revolution jumps. Other skaters who launch themselves into the air may acquire the ability to perform double revolution jumps despite poor jumping technique, but triple revolution jumps will evade them.

Have your skater work on developing their spins, especially their back outside upright spins. Rotating around a central axis without a wobble is essential to controlling the landing of advanced revolution jumps.

The Axel, Salchow, and Toe Loop jumps require the skater to transfer their weight and rotation in the air to their landing foot. The Loop, Flip, and Lutz jumps have a constant rotation around the landing foot from the takeoff through the landing – there is no transfer of weight (core rotation balance) during the jump.

Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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