It's OK to HATE Pole Runs, BUT Consider This!
If you know anything about the pole vault, the operative word is SPEED!!! After reading this you probably will never even jog without a pole in your hand.


by Alexander Malyutin

Carrying the pole makes the run-up performance difficult because the athletes arms are "tied up" and can't be used the normal way. The action is further restricted by the the weight of the pole pulling the vaulter forward. All this changes the kinetic structure of the action considerably from the normal running movements.

The different running structure makes it important for the athlete to develop a "feel" for the pole right from the beginning. This is achieved effectively by using different, running exercises with the pole. Our experiment discovered that employing running exercises with the pole can develop the run-up far more efficiently than without the pole.

The experiment was based on two groups of athletes, including beginners as well as advanced vaulters. Both groups performed the same running drills, one group using poles, the other group without poles. The drills included hopping (left and right leg) over 30 to 40m, stepping (triple jump style) over 50m to 60m. runs with a stressed action of the drive (30m to 40m), high knee lift runs (30 to 50m), runs with a stressed stride frequency (30 to 50m), as well as accelerations and flying start sprints (30 to 50m).


The results were convincing, The group using poles in the running drills improved their maximum run-up speed by 0.31m/sec, compared with only an 0.15 m/sec improvement by the group performing the drills without poles. At the same time. both groups showed equal improvement in their sprinting speed without the pole (0.12 and 0.11m/sec respectively).

Legkaya Atletika (U.S.S.R.)