Are plyometrics dangerous?
Since so many exercises may be considered plyometrics, some of them may dangerous. Jump squats are a great example. This is where you perform a regular squat (with weight) and jump at the top of the motion coming off the ground 1-2 inches. You perform this exercise with about one third of your maximum squat weight. This is one of the best exercises to increase your jumping ability, however, it is also a dangerous one. On the other hand, the both feet ankle hop is very safe.
A good general test to see if you are ready for plyometrics is to stand and jump up as high as you can. Measure this height (chalk on your fingertips and a clean wall is a good way to measure). Then jump off an 18-inch high box and jump as high as you can. If you cannot reach as high as you could on the ground you would be better off hitting the weights and coming back later.
As with any exercise program, obtain medical permission, start easy, and stop if you feel any ill effects.
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