April 2023 Texas Express

Currently, the pole vault scene in California has been affected by the March showers, but there’s a glimmer of hope as the sun peeks through the clouds, and the younger athletes are jumping with renewed energy as if it’s a new season. Our magazine features a club on the cover and has thought-provoking articles about rest and recuperation. It’s a significant month for pole vaulting in high schools, with a surge in activities, and colleges across the country are gearing up to move into the outdoor season.

In this edition, we showcase the Texas Express pole vault club, which is brimming with exceptional athletes and a contagious sense of excitement.
Coach Chad Andrews of Texas Express Pole Vault describes the club as a loud and boisterous group that doesn’t hold back and doesn’t care about other people’s opinions. According to him, they have fun and are passionate about the sport, making them “pole vault nuts.” This attitude seems to have led to success for the club, which boasts a talented and enthusiastic group of athletes.

Texas Express Pole Vault’s success is evident through its athletes’ impressive performances. In March, Dyson Wicker placed third at the New Balance Nationals, with the highest boys jump in Texas at 16’8.75″. The club’s high school girl, Skyler Schuller, is also a standout vaulter, having cleared 14 feet. These achievements are a testament to the hard work and dedication of both the athletes and their coaches.

Abbey has once again provided readers with valuable insights in her latest article, which delves into the topic of actively recovering during the busiest time of the track season. In her piece, Abbey outlines 12 helpful tips that can aid athletes in maintaining peak physical condition and reducing the risk of injury. Her article is a must-read for anyone looking to optimize their performance during the height of the track season.

The common misconception about recovery is that it is a passive process that involves simply resting on the couch and doing nothing. However, true recovery is a highly active and deliberate process that involves specific actions and practices that aid in the healing and restoration of the body and mind. Whether recovering from a strenuous workout, a competitive event, or even an illness or injury, active recovery is essential for optimizing the body’s recovery process. This can include activities such as stretching, foam rolling, hydration, and proper nutrition. By actively engaging in these recovery practices, individuals can promote faster recovery, reduce the risk of injury, and ultimately enhance their overall performance and well-being. Thank you, Abbey!

Getting enough rest and sleep is crucial for overall health, and this is especially true for athletes. I take a look at the act of resting, I explore the essential role of sleep in athlete performance and why getting enough rest is key. Adequate sleep is essential for muscle repair and recovery, hormone regulation, and cognitive function, all of which are critical for athletic performance. Inadequate sleep can lead to increased risk of injury, decreased reaction times, and reduced mental clarity, all of which can negatively impact athletic performance. With proper sleep and recovery, athletes can improve their physical and mental health, and ultimately enhance their overall performance on the field or court. The article also provides tips for optimizing sleep quality, such as creating a sleep-conducive environment, establishing a consistent sleep schedule, and avoiding caffeine and electronics before bedtime.

Keep an eye out for next month’s cover and article as we gear up for the outdoor pole vault season.

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