You will be amazed at what this depth of study and the process and putting it all down in writing does for your level of understanding. I would never be able to vault like Bubka but it is almost as if you are experiencing his vault in your own bones if you take the time to do that. I think that what Altius is saying is that only through the process of coaching is one able to develop the ABILITY to communicate these feelings "from your own bones" to others? The problem for me was that I didn't have these feelings (understanding) to communicate until just this past year.
We need a high bar and we need it now! The schools not going to put one in any time soon so I think I will see if they will let me build one at my expense and time.
Watching video is a great tool. It would be interesting though to find out exactly what the athlete is actually looking at. Coach shows video to point out a movement and athlete is stuck only focusing on something that is of no importance yet in their brain they have said that is what is important. I want to bend the pole or I want to be inverted. Video is great but can be a negative to learning to feel. Just my opinion.
Very good pint and I have already thought about that. We spend time watching Bubkas video almost every day and I comment through it the entire time to plant very specific thoughts in their mind on what I see as critical points, sometime we focus on specific points as well.
I really challenge all coaches to take a step back and measure your success not by how many champions you had, but on how many you didn't destroy. To me this is the biggest issue with our college system. How many athletes are destroyed in college? Why? It's not always the coaches fault social plays a major role as well, but if it is because of a major change in their technique than yes chalk that up to the coach destroyed their career.
As a high School Coach I feel my job is to build a solid foundation for preparing my vaulters to vault in College and possibly beyond. For me that solid foundation is the Petrov/Bubka Model. I believe Coaches that are willing to take a short cut method for winning a State championship by advocating methods such as Blocking out, rowing ( I view rowing as applying downward pressure, down the pole toward the box as an attempt to get the vaulters hips up to early (The swing is not complete and it causes a break in the tension of the top hand on the poles fulcrum and tells the pole to uncoil.) The method I have advocated here is a forward pressure WITH the bend of the pole to accelerate the torque of the whip (through the full body coil) all the way to the top of the pole as a method to inversion) and tuck and shooting are only doing a deservice to the long term potential of their athletes into college or possibly beyond.