A type of high jump
in track and field
, named after Dick Fosbury
. In this type of jump, you approach the bar in a sweeping arc. Facing away from the bar, you propel your shoulders over the bar first, arch your back and let your body follow. Once your body clears the bar, you lift your legs to complete the jump.
This type of jump, that is being used by virtually every high jumper allows athletes to generate more speed as they approach the bar, and an easier transfer of forward velocity to vertical lift. Compared to a face-forward technique, less off the jumper's body is exposed to the bar.