altius wrote:"it hasn’t clicked for me yet". Nor me -we have agreed to disagree on this - but as I have observed elsewhere -who am i to disagree with the coach of an indoor world champion? By the way - suggest you make sure you head to Knoxville not Nashville if you want to see Roma -that is if he can find a place for us to run a clinic.
Oops, I meant knoxville.
I just uploaded this video (of petrov), I think it shows trying to learn the feel from pushing up and releasing the shoulder girdle and pushing forward with the body. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2B22IyD2cs
Isi's video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FnmKVwd ... re=related
and some quotes....
"The left arm is not trying to bend the pole; it plants it firmly towards the bar and then transfers the effort to the right hand"
"Of great importance in pole vaulting is the depth of the body advancement forward during the take-off. With this in mind, even during the take-off the athlete must release the shoulder girdle from tension and drive his chest forward/upward, while at the same time taking off with the support leg and swinging with the free leg."
"The quickness and depth of the take-off greatly influence the technique of all the next elements of the vault"
If we divide the pole vault into its different phases, it will help us to examine the nuances of the modern pole vaulting pattern:
the pole hold and carry
approach (beginning and middle part)
pole drop and plant
push and penetration
shoulders’ drive down and swing (of the body)
turn over onto the shoulders with the body stretching out along the pole
turn and crossing over a bar (style depends on the performance of previous phases).
"From the penultimate step to the takeoff step, the vaulter's arms and legs work together. The arms thrust upwards with maximum extension as the takeoff foot thrusts downward to the runway.
At the moment the pole tip makes contact with the back of the box, the vaulter should be coming off the left toe with all of the momentum of the run continuing off the ground (i.e. a long jump takeoff). Upon leaving the ground, the vaulters extended arms recoil back as does the left leg while the chest drives forward (i.e. running and jumping onto a high bar)."