Do you know who has the highest vertical jump record?

Every basketball, volleyball and football fan out there knows that a vertical jump shows the athlete’s muscular strength. The higher he or she can jump vertically the better he or she is at their sport. In the NBA for example, performing an excellent vertical jump can take you on the top as an athlete.

The vertical jump can be performed in two ways: from standing position when the athlete doesn’t use any other boost than his own muscles and from running, when the athlete adds the energy he or she gets from running. Of course that records are also kept according the two types.

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Now to answer the question of who owns the highest vertical jump record in this world: it’s not entirely sure. It should be a simple question with a simple answer but there are many variables to consider. First of all is the equipment used to measure the jump; not all of them will show the same result on the same jump as they differ in accuracy. Also it’s the technique used to make the jump: was the athlete standing or running? Did the athlete swing his arms for a boost? Was there a two-foot or one-foot take off?

Another variable that may influence the result is the moment the jump happened. It’s not like they put all the athletes in one line and made them jump at a signal. Each jump took place during games or practice and it happened spontaneously.

Apparently the highest human jump ever recorded is not owned by any modern athlete.  Yan Zi Cheng is the Chinese who in 1988 performed a jump through a hoop set at 246 cm (96.85 inches). Sadly his jump is not the official vertical jump world record as he used a two-foot technique to set off.

In order for everyone to be happy, there are records of vertical jumps kept for each sport, on each type of jump. For example the NFL standing vertical jump is owned by Gerald Sensabaugh 117 cm (46 inches) performed as he was playing in North Carolina in 2005. The NBA record is owned by Dwayne Mitchell with a vertical jump of 96.5 cm (38 inches).

For the vertical jump with run approach there are registered two records: one for NBA owned by Kenny Gregory wit 115.5 cm (45.5 inches) and one for AFL owned by Jared Brennan & Nick Naitanui with 102 cm (40 inches).

As you can see the vertical jump measuring is not quite an exact science and it will probably never be. Actually it doesn’t really matter who has the highest vertical jump record. What it actually matters is that we have amazing athletes who always try to offer us a good show on the field and who are totally dedicated to the sport they practice. All these athletes have proven that with hard work and dedication you can one day become the world’s best at what you love to do. All it takes is to make the first steps (or jumps in this case).