Marie Zidek of DePaul University wants her athletes to land properly after a jump to prevent injury.
Everyone teaches their athletes how to jump, but few coaches teach their athletes how to LAND properly. A simple way to train the landing is to have the athlete stand on a chair or a staircase and teach them how to cushion their jump with bent knees and a soft landing. Practice landing on one foot, landing from a lateral jump, and jumping from one foot and landing on one foot.
Teaching proper motor mechanics will help players protect their joints as their careers continue.