Hopping is a continuous sprint-like action that involves taking off and landing on the same foot. Dynamic balance is required to perform the skill-- the non-hopping side of the body provides counterbalance and force to allow for continuous forward and upward movement. Greater leg strength is required for hopping than jumping, as only one foot is used to lift the body and there is also a smaller base of support. It is an important skill to master for safe body management, e.g. if you are pushed off balance or lose your footing. The skill of hopping is used in many practical activities including jumping and landing when catching a ball, performing a layup in basketball, playing hopscotch or dancing. It is also a component of many other fundamental movement skills including skipping, jumping and striking with the foot.
Things to consider
Hopping can be a very fatiguing activity, so ensure that opportunities for practise are short and intermixed with other activities and skills. This allows pupils ample opportunities to recover.
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