The ability to land safely is a hugely important fundamental movement skill. This section will focus on landing on the feet. As one of the three phases of jumping, landing should always be taught first to ensure pupils return safely to the ground without injury. The skill involves absorbing force over a large area, usually the legs or hands for a prolonged period of time. This force should be absorbed over as large an area or distance as possible with the joints bending to absorb the force. We use landing in a wide range of activities, jumping to catch a ball in gaelic football, vaulting in gymnastics or from jumping off the bed.
Things to consider
As mentioned in the description above, landing is an essential prerequisite to jumping. Developing the ability to absorb the force of a landing ensures that there is less impact and thus less opportunity for injury. Ensure that pupils are wearing adequate footwear, that shoelaces are tied at all times and that the playing area is cleared of any potential trip hazards.
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