Capstone/Dissertation Title

Applied physics: analysis of the lower arm during the take-off, follow-through and swing-up phases of the pole vault

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Abstract

The research question addressed is: Can a pole vaulter keep a straight and rigid lower arm during the plant, follow-through, and swing-up phase of the pole vault and still reach an optimum invert position? The motivating factor for this capstone is the struggle which young athletes face while learning the phases of the pole vault. This capstone details the positives and negatives of an extended rigid lower arm. Key influences for this capstone come frominterviews with coaches and elite vaulters.The top ten finishers at the 2009 USATF Outdoor Pole Vault National Championships are the source of data for this study. The study concludes that the extension of the lower arm may benefit advanced vaulters, but may inhibit the invert for others.

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