I just ran a girls meet last night and we had a vaulter blow out her knee. She landed on her feet and her right foot twisted when her spikes caught on the top pad. I have never seen a vaulter in so much pain.
The bar was only at 7'3"and all of the girls were landing on their feet at this bar. As a coach, my girls are not allowed to jump in spikes until they open at 9' so they can land on their backs most of the time. Out of 23 vaulter, my girls were the only one's in flats. The top vault was 10'3 with second at 9'9".
Discussion about ways to make the sport safer and discussion of past injuries so we can learn how to avoid them in the future.
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There is really no need to jump in spikes until a certain level of accomplishment is achieved. I agree that once the vaulter can consistently jump and land safely, then it's time to consider spikes if spikes will improve speed for that vaulter.
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