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Editor’s Note: Nurturing Excellence in Pole Vaulting

In this edition, we explore the vibrant world of pole vaulting, particularly focusing on the distinguished program at the University of Kansas (KU). Doug Bouma takes us on a comprehensive journey, unveiling the rich tapestry of history, talent, and camaraderie that defines this exhilarating discipline.

Unveiling the Dynamics of Pole Vaulting at Kansas University: A Comprehensive Insight by Doug Bouma delves into the intricate workings of KU’s pole vaulting program. From the foundational elements embodied by the university’s emblematic mascot, the Jayhawk, to the coaching legacy of stalwart Tom Hays, Bouma paints a vivid picture of excellence and dedication. The program’s commitment to unity, recruitment standards, and state-of-the-art equipment further solidifies its position among the nation’s elite.

Draining Lactic Acid: Effective Strategies for Pole Vaulters sheds light on a common challenge faced by pole vaulters – lactic acid build-up. Bouma presents practical techniques, from low-intensity exercise to massage therapy, offering invaluable insights to enhance recovery and performance.

In Hydration and the Sport of Pole Vault, Bouma underscores the critical importance of hydration for pole vaulters’ strength, endurance, and overall well-being. By emphasizing the detrimental effects of dehydration and providing actionable hydration guidelines, this article serves as a vital resource for athletes striving for peak performance.

As we navigate the realms of athleticism, recovery, and optimal performance, our meticulous exploration offers a compelling narrative of dedication, resilience, and triumph. Whether scaling new heights on the track or nurturing camaraderie off it, KU’s pole vaulting program exemplifies a legacy of excellence that continues to inspire.

Catch us next month when we delve into a university outside of the United States.

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It is the most wonderful time of the year, and we have so much to be thankful for once again. 2019 was one heck of a year, and we hope and pray that the next month will finish off with a bang. This month we will have the University of Wisconsin on the cover. For the magazine, we are hustling to finish the year off in preparation for the 2020 EXPO Explosion meet in Belton, Texas.

On the cover, we have the University of Wisconsin, and they have quite the team ready to go for the indoor season. “Having done this for a long time, I know how important it is for the kids to be featured alongside the University and our program.” The coach knows the importance of having the athletes showcased, and the whole story is about them and their abilities.

John Clark is catching us up on the Master’s side of the pole vault. A lesson was learned about landing on his feet. “Unfortunately, I came down feet-first on the part of the pit that slopes down into the box, and as soon as my right foot made contact, a sharp and distinctive pain blasted through the inside of my right ankle.” John is ok, but he had one heck of a scare and a reminder that no matter how young you are, you must be careful.

Viral Moments from the IAAF Diamond League meet. What a fun topic and article this month. “These displays have been propagated to the masses through social media- for example, the trio of Kendricks, Duplantis, and Lisek has been dubbed the “Fly Boys”- and videos of their jumps have garnered millions of views.” We have all seen the picture, now you can read about the social media impact of it all.

Next month on the cover, we will have both of our writers that put content out for the magazine monthly. Stay tuned; they will have one heck of a story to tell.

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