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Why It's Almost Impossible to Jump Higher Than 50 Inches

The vertical jump is one of the most prized measurements in athletics. While the NBA is the literal poster sport for jumping, it's NFL players that have best hops. Evan Ungar holds the world record for a standing jump, leaping 63.5 inches, and has a vertical of nearly three feet. But jumping higher than 50 inches is nearly impossible to do — and WIRED takes a deep dive into sports science to find out why.

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