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Other stuff to take in consideration...

by Eric
(Montreal, QC)

Hi Jack!

Good follow-up on the interview with Shawn... As we had discussed in earlier email correspondences, I thought it would be fitting to add other issues that needed to be pointed out when comparing standing vertical jump results of football players with those of basketball players.

The first obvious difference to me is how much the aerobic and anaerobic lactic systems get solicited, the latter which are almost dormant when looking at a football player's training program and goals; this is due to the inherent nature of the game.

This of course would dictate that the football player would almost always express better qualities within the realm of strict power demands. They spend less time training these capacities, leaving more time for pure power stuff.

Basketball players, by the very nature of the game, need to dedicate some time in training to energy system development (aerobic and even more so, anaerobic lactic), as well as power endurance (you often need to jump many times in a row, sprint, stop, accelerate, cut...) all in ADDITION to strict power (the main area of training for football players.

Add to this, as you mentioned, all the skill work, and one can only wonder how we can ever compare this accordingly? Remembering the SAID (specific adaptations to imposed demands) principle remains undeniably important...

Not only that but, a two-foot standing jump is usually what heavier, stronger and stockier athletes (football) will excel at, compared to the relatively lighter, more elastic and leaner athletes (basketball). So body morphology also comes in play here, outside of the height issue Shawn had mentioned.

If both sets of athletes (football players and basketball players) were also compared in their running 2-foot jump and their running 1-leg jumps, I am quite certain we would be observing quite a significantly different set of data. This is a result of body morphology, training and specific-sport demands.

I should also add that you would be hard pressed to find any knowledgeable trainer who would affirm that high jumpers, triple jumpers and long jumpers are not "powerful" and should therefore review their training methodologies since their standing vertical jump results are poor (something which is usually and commonly observed). Most of these athletes’ squat numbers would also be fairly poor.

Again, it's a question of training, specific sports demand and, maybe even more importantly in this case, body morphology (long, lean and elastic, even more so than basketball players, and definitely very different from basketball players)...

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