Skipping is a rhythmical locomotor skill that involves transferring weight from one foot to another. It is used in many playground games and is fundamental to good footwork used in a wide range of sporting activities such as basketball, rugby and dance. The skill follows a pathway with a narrow base of support so it is important that arms are extended to maintain balance.
Things to consider
The skill of hopping is an important prerequisite for skipping. The ability to apply force in an upwards direction through a hop is essential to allow the opposite free leg to come forward and continue the skipping action. When learning how to skip the initial focus should be placed on the step-hop rhythm rather than developing speed, as this will aid the development of proficient technique.
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