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Activity Discussion Science & Technology A diving board help us jump higher

  • Tinkle

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    June 15, 2024 at 2:42 pm
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    A diving board helps you jump higher for a few key reasons:

    1. Elasticity: The diving board is designed to be flexible and have some “give” to it. When you step on the end of the board and apply force, the board bends and stores that energy. As you push off the board, it releases that stored energy, effectively giving you an extra boost upwards.

    2. Increased Takeoff Velocity: The flexing of the diving board allows you to spend more time on the board, building up speed and momentum before your final jump. This increased takeoff velocity translates to a higher leap into the air.

    3. Mechanical Advantage: The length of the diving board provides you with a mechanical advantage. The further out on the board you are when you jump, the more the board can bend and store energy to propel you upwards.

    4. Body Position: Jumping off a diving board also allows you to get your body into a better jumping position. The forward lean and countermovement of your arms and legs can generate more force compared to a flat-footed jump.

    So in summary, the flexibility, length, and body positioning afforded by a diving board all work together to enable you to achieve greater height in your jumps compared to jumping from a flat surface. The diving board acts as a spring, storing and releasing energy to amplify your jumping power.

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