Before he finds his place in the real world in his chosen career, University of Akron pole vaulter Matt Ludwig has a couple of other stops to make.

Nothing major. World Championships. Olympics. Both are on his radar. However, he’s lucky that his sport is also giving him some practical use for his major in biomedical engineering. Yeah, what’s that? He’ll tell you.

“You’re able to observe a movement and understand objectively what the best correction to that movement should be. And that’s the first step, understanding how to improve the technique or what needs to get better,” Ludwig said last week before practice at the Stile Athletics Field House. “And then it becomes having what we call kinesthetic awareness, or body awareness, to be able to control your muscles and control your body to do the correction that you observed in the first place.”

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