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The science behind LeBron’s single-leg “power jump” technique

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LeBron James has some serious ups, reportedly jumping as high as 44 inches when leaping on the run off of one leg. And while it would be easy to chalk up the Lakers star’s vertical to “he’s just a genetic freak,” that would also unfairly overshadow a key part of LeBron’s vertical ability — his jumping technique.

Specifically, LeBron uses a one-leg “power jump” technique to fuel his vertical.
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LeBron’s power jump technique and ability to execute it in multiple situations – offensively or defensively – sets him apart from many other leapers. It’s a technique that he’s been able to remain consistent with throughout his career, and a fundamental reason why he’s been able to maintain his on the run jumping ability for this many years.

Here’s to seeing a few more of LeBron’s single-leg power jumps leading into soul snatching hammer throw downs and chase down blocks with the accompanying stare downs once the league gets back underway.

Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and Laker Film Room.

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