When we think of jumping, we often associate it with physical activity and exercise. But have you ever stopped to wonder when exactly jumping was first invented? After all, humans have been walking and running for millions of years, but what about those moments where we propel our bodies upward into the air?

The answer to this question is not as straightforward as one might expect. The act of jumping can be defined in a few different ways – there’s vertical jumping (which involves propelling oneself upward off the ground), long jumping (where an athlete jumps horizontally), and high jump (which involves clearing a raised bar). For the purposes of this article, we’ll explore all three variations and attempt to piece together the history of each.

Vertical Jumping

Vertical Jumping

As mentioned earlier, human beings have been walking on two feet for millions of years. It stands to reason that at some point, someone must have experimented with pushing themselves higher off the ground. However, pinpointing exactly when this occurred is challenging given how ancient the practice likely is.

There are certainly examples throughout history that suggest people were engaging in vertical jumps thousands of years ago. For instance, depictions from Ancient Egyptian artwork show athletes performing various physical feats including leaping over obstacles. In Chinese culture too there are records dating back over 3 millennia which illustrate individuals involved in acrobatics involving balancing or tumbling skills which would inevitably require extensive training across all planes; horizontal/vertical et cetera.

Much later on other instances within recorded history also demonstrate just how long humans had been finding new ways to jump: such as ballet’s iconic pas de chat move – executed by dancers making multiple leaps while crossing one leg behind another – dates back centuries itself…

Jumping was even practiced in competition during early Olympic games held in Greece around 2nd-4th century AD although most descriptions describe running events rather than directly acknowledging modern-style vertical jump contests per se’. Nevertheless these early examples of human jumping show that people have long found entertainment value in challenging themselves through such physical activity.

Long Jumping

Long Jumping

Similar to vertical jumping, it’s impossible to say with any certainty when humans first began practicing the long jump. However unlike vertical entires, their horizontal counterparts begin showing up more frequently in Ancient Greek literature and artwork- many records mention competitions specifically devoted to various type of running and leaping events across a given distance; often intended as measures of strength or agility.

The sport eventually evolved into ‘weights-and-measures contests’, which is more recognisable today like athletics field events where athletes were weighed before and after an event – although this process has largely become obsolete due to concerns about privacy rights responsibilities for competitors over recent decades.

An interesting note on how our record keeping methods have changed comes from Robert Burton’s highly influential article about what we still know regarding older sports history. In his research he uncovered references by renowned ancient Historian Plutarch who proudly proclaimd that , “Phayllos [a famous athlete] had competed in the Long Jump at Nemea holding olive branches as weights.” – a significant representation of signification used during earlier games.

High Jumping

Out of all three forms jumping styles discussed here, high jumping is perhaps the most intriguing because finding written evidence detailing early developments albeit scarce isn’t entirely absent either. . While structures like pyramids no doubt required architects to design tools-or systems previously not invented, there aren’t clear accounts from ancient civilizations indicating whether or not high jumpers had developed these techniques at the time. We can nevertheless adduce logic suggests that people might experiment with ways to leap higher over objects but without there being hard material documentation foor us too refer too…

Because High Jumps are all about testing vertical limits then studying how humans have been pursuing height-dominating feats should give us better insight into how it might’ve come around:

Archaeological documents have uncovered the earliest known model recorded of a Western high jump in Ancient Greece during fifth century BC where, contestants would make their way over or under an obstacle with increasing height until only one winner is left. Though this contest was not exactly a High Jump event as we know it today given that participants generally held weights such as lead balls to stabilize themselves as they went over the barrier.

The sport didn’t evolve much further for centuries until later on, especially around 20th century when heavy-duty training regimes began enabling athletes to clear increasingly higher heights; slowly pushing human limits little by little and making more significant records that stood long without being broken.

To summarize – while humans have likely been jumping in some capacity from time immemorial ever since young-adults competed against each other through various challenges; our current version of vertical long and high jumps might’ve arrived from progressions of earlier forms inspired from physical feats games enjoyed throughout different civilizations & parts of history. Nonetheless what’s certain is that evolution through countless iterations eventually led us upon having documented literature describing competitive events which help track how jump competitions evolved into team sports recognition across millions today who follow upward-flight athletics.