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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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As we transition into the fall workout season for both college and high school, we will start showcasing the coaches that make this sport amazing. As the children continue to be masked up in the classroom, the uncertainty of the next few months in California for covid concerns and lockdowns is in the air. We hope that we will continue to press through like we have over the summer months but no telling how the state or the country will change in time. Keep in mind that the decisions affect us all and the sport that we love.

On the cover, we have Wendell Beck a true leader and inspiration to the sport of pole vault. Grandfather, father, and husband that has set an example for decades. “Life was busy with raising a family and a busy career, so pole vault took a back seat for a few decades. Then, “after 25 years of never picking up a pole, I picked one up again when all my kids were out of the house.” We know Wendell quite well and you will learn so much about this athlete and gentleman. Not to mention his amazing wife.

A pole is a pole to most people. But some are die-hard with the brand of a pole that they use and the adjustments that they make. Matt Barry has a few tips about poles and progression that will help you proceed to the next level. “Vertical Assault in Pennsylvania pretty much only uses UCS Spirit poles.Mac Pole Vault Academy has the “yellowest” pole selection I have ever seen! Vaultbarn in Texas is an Altius haven. “ Great article and a fun example of a great coach that has put the work in.

Phew! The magazine and the club are moving at a rapid pace. We are now working with Facebook and are under contract for content creation. This is taking a lot of our time, but we have a solid dedication to the pole vault community that has risen above the test of time. More coaches will be spotlighted and news and information posted throughout the week.

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