The tuck jump is a useful and practical evaluation and return to sport test. Many people forget about the tuck jump when going through their return to sport criteria but I think it is an undervalued test. Lets go through some of the things the tuck jump helps with....
- Looking at valgus of the knee's before, during, and after the jump
- Control- Are their thighs parallel during jump? Do they favor one side?
- Foot contact: Shoulder width apart, foot placement, foot timing, How hard are they landing?
- Plyometric: Technique and power- is their a pause? Are they landing in same spot each time? What do they look like in the flight of the jump?