The title is:
MECHANICS OF THE POLE VAULT
Mechanical bases of effective pole vaulting technique
When I first read this, I didn't notice the date, so I was thinking that some of his ideas in this paper must have been formulated and written A LONG TIME AGO. However, it was published less than three years ago!
The intent of his paper was to show "trends" in technique common to elite vaulters ... rather than to describe an "optimal" technique. For this reason, I think some of what he said was watered down and possibly biased towards American vaulters ... but of course you know that I'm biased towards the Petrov Model.
It might seem almost anti-American to some of you for me to criticize such an esteemed author ... especially considering the audience he's targeting ... 2007 National Podium Education Project ... However, I'm Canadian, so I don't care about that!
Altho not stated, there's an INFERENCE that if you want to be an elite vaulter, you should pick up the technique that he's putting down here. Be wary!
However, I was pleased to discover that much of what he says is really the same as what Petrovers have been saying (for a long time now) ... it's just some of the anti-Petrov points he makes that irk me.
Can you spot them?
And what do YOU disagree with McGinnis' analysis about "elite vaulters"?
I purposely put this thread in the ADVANCED TECHNIQUE forum, and IMHO, there's several mistatements (i.e. non-Petrov statements) that will surely confuse a beginner or intermediate vaulter, so if you're not an elite, PLEASE don't take ANY of what he says as gospel, and PLEASE don't invoke your personal thoughts on this thread if you have no experience at the elite level (either as an athlete or a coach).
Non-elites are encouraged to ASK questions in this thread, as long as they don't muddy the waters with their own ideas of how an ELITE athlete should vault.