Question #16315. Asked by Enid Soever.
Last updated Aug 11 2018.
Up until the 1960s, high jump athletes cleared the bar and landed on hard ground—sawdust, sand and low mats. As a result, innovation of the high jump techniques attempted to ensure that the athletes landed on their feet. Fortunately for Dick Fosbury, his high school was one of the first to install a deep foam matting for high jump landing.This new environmental shift gave Fosbury the opportunity to try out new ways to clear the bar i.e. Landing on his back instead of his leg.https://mayooshin.com/dick-fosbury/
Fosbury wasn’t the only person to innovate new ways of clearing the bar. Around this same period, a Canadian teenager, Debbie Brill, also decided to experiment with new ways of clearing the bar, after the foam landing mat was introduced to her high school.