Box Jumping for Older Athletes
(Hermos Beach, CA)
I am a 50 year old athlete who still plays basketball. I pretty much have been avoiding high impact training as my hip is kind of bad. In my younger days i was a great leaper but I know that I have lost significant lower body strength. Your article on Box jumping was very interesting and I would like to try it.
What do you think about Box jumping for me? it's not like I want to dunk again, but some improved explosiveness would be nice and maybe help my jumpshot.
VerticalJumping.com Response: One of the first things we lose as we get older is muscular power. It is fo rthis reason that I think something like a box jump is ideal fo ran older athlete. A standing box jump is very low impact and if you do not need the specificity of technique such as dunking, then I would say go for it.
The great thing about a box jump is that due ot the low impact of it you can do a good enough volume of reps to get the adaptive response you are after without too much impact on the joints.
Also you can increase the box height as you improve to cater for your improved jumps. As long as you are landing on the box in the athletic stance (think defensive position) then the box is a goo dheight. If you are landing with your knees tucked up around your ears the box is too high.