Lateral Jumps increase the coordination between the torso and legs, and it helps in stabilising the hip, knees and feet joints. This exercise also promotes agility and weight transfer while we alternate from one foot to another. By jumping above the bar, from one side to another, we’re moving our centre of gravity, and that requires we activate the coordination between the muscles in our thighs along with the glutes, to absorb the landing impact and to stabilise the hip.
This last bit requires the activation of your core to regain balance and prevent any fall.
Technically, this exercise is also an excellent exercise to prevent injuries because it helps you stabilising the knees and feet, making your ankles stronger, thus preventing sprains.