Troubleshooting The Pole Vault

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Troubleshooting The Pole Vault

 

     The pole vault is a complex event that takes some years to master. Pole Vaulters will encounter many potential technical and mental barriers in their efforts to master the event. In order for a vaulter to improve his/her performance, it is crucial for the coach to identify and remedy the problems confronting his athlete.
     Identifying a problem, such as a late plant or a step that is off, is relatively simple. The bigger challenge is discovering the reason a
given problem exists. This outline will identify common pole vaulting problems, examine different causes for each problem, and present methods to help fix each problem individual.

 

APPROACH

PROBLEM

    Deceleration into takeoff

POSSIBLE CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS

1. Approach may be too long.

2. Top speed is achieved too early in the approach

3. Lack of confidence in step, plant and/or ability

Gymboss Timers

PROBLEM

    Inconsistent/unstable run-up

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

(This refers to a step that wavers randomly between being inside and outside)
1. Focus on rhythmic acceleration

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