Standing broad jump: Should it be dropped?

Standing broad jump: Should it be dropped?
TOUGH: The standing broad jump is one of the most dreaded items in the Individual Physical Proficiency Test.

It is an exercise which has led many men to be categorised as "unfit".

The standing broad jump - one of five components of the current Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) - may not be the most strenuous, but is possibly one of the most dreaded among people who have to take it every year. Now, for the first time in 31 years, the

Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is reportedly considering doing away with the jump and replacing it with pushups instead.

While there are mostly cheers about the possibility of the change, some fitness and health experts The New Paper spoke to said the exercise is actually a good one for soldiers.

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Senior consultant for Changi Sports Medicine Centre, Dr Kelvin Chew, said the standing broad jump not only assesses a person's lower-limb muscular strength, but also his or her flexibility, technique and coordination.

Without the proper technique and coordination, an individual with strong legs could still fail the standing broad jump.

Dr Chew, 42, said this is why most see it as an unfair gauge of physical fitness.

Physical trainer Jonathan Wong from Genesis Gym said that the jump is the "best overall test for body power".

He added: "Strength and power have positive carry-over to all other physical attributes, including endurance, but endurance has no carry-over to other attributes like strength and power."

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