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Video:How to Pole Vault

with Joe Berry

Pole vaulting looks almost impossible to the uninitiated, but with practice and proper technique, it can be done. This video from About.com will show you the basics of how to pole vault.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Pole Vault

Hi, I'm Joe Berry from About.com and today we're going to show you how to pole vault

Preparing to Pole Vault

Before vaulting, you need to make sure you warm up for about 10 to 15 minutes. You need to check the pit and poles to make sure they aren't damaged before you start vaulting to avoid injury. A cracked pole can potentially break mid vaultRemember to start out small. Doing something you're uncomfortable with can lead to injury.

Approaching the Bar

Alright, next you step on the runway and pick up your pole. The dominant hand goes on the top and your second hand goes shoulder width apart. You then run towards the pit steadily increasing your speed and as you get closer you lower the pole. 

Clearing the Bar

As you plant push up with the pole and drive forward with your dominant knee. As you drive your knee, you will begin to invert. To help you invert faster, keep applying pressure with your hands and perform a rowing action with the pole. Once upside down, you push off the top of the pole to give you some extra height. After you clear the bar push the pole away from you to make sure you land on your back. Landing on your feet can cause a sprained ankle. 

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