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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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February and it’s looking like Covid-19 is and was a thing of the past. Many are ready to participate and somehow the regulations are all relaxed and ready to go. We at Vaulter Magazine feel bad for all the athletes that have had their careers ended by this pandemic over the last 10 months. Not to mention all the lives lost and family members affected. Soon, it looks like, you will all be back and ready to go. California is saying that in February all students should be back in class full time. Nothing has changed; numbers are still over the top and infections are rising. We will see how it all folds out, keeping our fingers crossed that they do not pull the plug once again. In California, the children have been out of class for almost a year. Track season will go on without kids in the class in California, many other states are in class. There is your update, and we are looking forward to a track season.

On the cover of the magazine, we have the Arkansas Vault Club with Coach Morry. Do we need to say anything more than this quote? “This is what sets Arkansas Vault Club apart. The club culture of competition and encouragement, each one feeding into the other, allows athletes to grow and achieve the ambitious goals they set for themselves.” Great article, beautifully written, and a joy to read.

A strong start to the Olympic year is the title of the article. Kreager is overly optimistic and so is the Olympic committee for the 2021 Olympics. Something has changed and now even the Women’s Olympic gold medalist has changed her tune in support for her well-being and others. Last year it was all doom and gloom to December and now it is fine to open the event up. “After seeing the success and enthusiastic support for both of these initiatives, the IOC announced in early December that the UN would be adopting a resolution to recognize the impact of sport as a “global accelerator of peace and sustainable development for all, and in building global resilience to address COVID-19,” according to the Olympics’ press release.” Last year all the same players were playing a different tune, but this year it all seems to be coming together.

Bubba Sparks is back and, on a mission, to showcase the clubs that stayed afloat and kept the pole vault sport alive during the pandemic. With so many unknowns in 2021, one thing is known, and that is the clubs that keep allowing the kids to train. “The focus of this article each month will be on the various clubs around the country, where they started, what they have learned, the culture of support, and so on.“Good for Bubba, great to see this happening around the Nation.

The month of March will soon be upon us and we will get to see the fruits of our labor finally. If we have a season, it should kick-off along with many other sports in the states. We will all have to be patient and understand that this season will be for the kids that lost so much last year. We as a Nation must do what is right and stand up for the children once again.

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