JUNE 2023 Issue of Vaulter Magazine

In this edition, we delve into the captivating world of pole vaulting, exploring the remarkable accomplishments of the athletes at Bay Area Pole Vault Academy. Prepare to be inspired as we uncover the secrets behind their success, touching on the importance of a positive mindset with their motto, “Stay Positive, Get Negative.” Additionally, we dive into the fascinating science of muscle memory, unraveling the neural pathways that enable athletes to perform with precision and grace. Lastly, we explore the thrilling realm of pole vault speed, examining the techniques and training regimens employed by these exceptional athletes to generate explosive velocity. Join us as we embark on an extraordinary journey of perseverance, discipline, and self-belief, as we unlock the potential within each and every one of us.

On the Cover:

Glenn Colivas, the head coach and director of Bay Area Pole Vault Academy (BAPVA) in Dickinson, Texas, has created a thriving pole vault club that has become a home for numerous young athletes in the Houston-Galveston area.

With a coaching career spanning many years, Colivas dedicates himself to training and developing his athletes, resulting in remarkable improvements. BAPVA, with over 70 athletes and a growing waiting list, has become a powerhouse in the pole vaulting scene. Colivas emphasizes the importance of individualized coaching, instilling the basics while adapting his approach to each athlete’s unique needs.

The club’s slogan, “Stay positive, get negative,” reflects their philosophy of maintaining a positive mindset and executing the technical aspects of the sport with precision. Through a specifically curated system of training cycles, BAPVA athletes focus on different phases of the vault, honing their skills and peaking at the right time. Colivas, an Olympic pole vaulter himself, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the club. As BAPVA enters a summer season full of exciting events, including beach and street vaults, Colivas remains dedicated to building a culture of success and taking BAPVA to new heights.

Muscle Memory:

Pole vaulting may appear complex and expensive, but when broken down, it’s a sport that relies heavily on technical motions that can be replicated through budget-friendly drills. Muscle memory plays a crucial role in becoming a successful vaulter, allowing athletes to reproduce movements without conscious thought. It involves not only the muscles but also the brain and nervous system pathways.

Doing specific drills targeting different aspects of the vault is vital as muscle memory can help retain strength and movement even after a period of training cessation. Recent studies reveal that the brain uses the time between repetitions to memorize skills, and short breaks can lead to rapid mental replay of the learned actions. Understanding the science of muscle memory empowers vaulters to optimize their training, focusing on correct techniques and allowing for adequate pauses to enhance learning and performance. By harnessing this knowledge, athletes and coaches can build a solid foundation for progression and overcome potential setbacks caused by incorrect muscle memory. By Abbey Hope

Pole vault Speed, by Doug Bouma:

Speed is a crucial element in the sport of pole vaulting, playing a significant role in achieving high vaults. A vaulter’s speed on the runway helps generate the necessary momentum to clear the bar and transfer energy to the pole. It also aids in maintaining balance and control during the approach and overcoming the resistance of the pole itself.

Improving speed requires a combination of proper technique, strength training, and cardiovascular conditioning. Sprinting mechanics, plyometric exercises, strength training, and cardiovascular conditioning all contribute to enhancing speed and acceleration. By focusing on these aspects, vaulters can maximize their potential for successful and high jumps in pole vaulting.

Stay tuned for the upcoming issue of Vaulter Magazine as we bring you comprehensive coverage of the state championships over the next month. Get ready to delve into the thrilling highlights and stories of the top pole vaulters in action. Don’t miss out on our in-depth coverage in the next issue.

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