The Pole Vault Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together

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Peter M. McGinnis
92 minutes
The Pole Vault Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together provides a comprehensive resource for track & field coaches who want to better understand how to improve the performance level of their pole vaulters. The DVD details several of the often important issues involving the pole vault (including how to make the event safer) and points out strategies (empirical data, theory, simulation, experience) that could be employed to resolve them. The DVD also looks at the three basic types of energy that can be generated and discusses the relevance of each kind to pole vaulting. In addition, the DVD reviews the fundamental factors entailed in each of primary phases of pole vaulting.

Among the topics covered:
  • History
  • Strategies for solving the pole vault puzzle
  • Work and energy
  • Vaulter characteristics
  • Approach run
  • Pole plant
  • Takeoff foot touchdown
  • Pole strike
  • Research: timing of pole strike
  • Research: energy
  • Pole strike-pre-jump/free takeoff
  • Takeoff
  • Follow-through
  • Swing
  • Maximum pole bend