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I recently stumbled upon a exercise called "ninja tuck jumps" as shown in this article:
25 Most Deceiving Exercises - Ninja Tuck Jumps

See also these videos:

Is this exercise safe? How high is the risk of injury doing this exercise, how high is the risk to damage something in long term doing this?

I should add that I am in very good shape and it's not a problem for me to do this, however I just have the feeling that it might be not safe. Are there any form pointers for this type of exercise to make it safer?

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The link should be OK now. –  posdef Jun 8 '12 at 7:25
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Knee problems are a contraindication for this exercise. Lower back issues could be aggravated, I suppose, especially if there are already structural imbalances. Some people can't even really do the kneeling part due to ankle inflexibility, at least if it starts from a full kneel (not shown in the video).

IMO a healthy person should have no issues doing this exercise from an injury standpoint.

On a personal note, I think it's a great exercise myself, although I like to vary things by landing in, or moving to, an athletic position rather than a simple squat. Following with a tuck-jump amps it up several notches. Followed by breakfalls and/or rolls is very entertaining, and amuses others at the gym.

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