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Increasing the Distance of an External Focus of Attention Enhances Standing Long Jump Performance
Authors: Jared M. Porter, Philip M. Anton, and Will F. W. Wu
To find the effect the distance away from their body the athlete focuses on has on long jump performance.
In the conditions where the athletes were instructed on where to jump, they jumped significantly farther then when they had no instruction. Furthermore, the athletes who were instructed to jump with there focus on a cone that was three meters away from them jumped significantly farther then the group who only focused on the starting line. This again shows that moving the external focus farther from the body improves performance and does so by not inhibiting automatic processing.
What This Means To You
If you are going through any testing or even training that involves long jump or high jump, you should be looking at and focusing on an object that is far away from you. This would improve your results as well as create a better training session.
Jared M. Porter, Philip M. Anton, and Will F. W. Wu. “Increasing the Distance of an External Focus of Attention Enhances Standing Long Jump Performance.” The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 26 (September 2012): 2389-2393.