The purpose of this study was to discover the role and use of arm motion on the performance of the standing long jump and if it improves the distance of the jump. The study also investigated the additional benefits of the use of arms in balancing the body for optimal landing and different forces during the take off phase.
The subjects were three unskilled male adults varying in age approximately from 21 to 37 years, with an average mass of 72.3 +/- 13.0 kg and height of 1.81+/- 0.03 m. Warm up for a few minutes was instructed to the subjects prior to the jumps. Subjects jumped off a force platform on a verbal signal as far as possible (independent variable) six times each time with control variables being the usage of their arms and without using their arms (hand was held in front of abdomen). A 3-D passive motion captive system was used to with four cameras, passive reflective markers, a force platform and a computer software with a linear transform equations that transformed projections into 3-D position of each marker in space. The markers were applied to skin and shoe at all the main joints involved in the movement of standing long jump. The jumping distance was calculated by measuring the displacement of the toe marker from the initial position to the ending position. This developed a 2-D link model on the computer and the center of gravity and the distance was thus calculated along with the take off velocity (after disregarding the drag force) for comparisons between the two variables.
The results revealed that the subjects jumped approximately 21.2% of by 36cm further with the free arm movement than when the arm movement was restricted. So the subjects with the arm movement had an increased take of velocity at the center of gravity by 12.7 %. For the ground reaction forces in the vertical...