College of Health Sciences & Human Performance

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Steven Aicinena, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Lois S. Hale, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

James A. Eldridge, Ed.D.


In the highly competitive event of pole vaulting, athletes must possess great gymnastic skills and they must also be great runners. For many years scientific research has demonstrated that final approach velocity in the pole vault is a significant component of vaulting success. The purpose of this study was threefold. First, a research-based procedure for the quantification and assessment of final approach velocity in the pole vault was developed. Second, a set of coaching guidelines describing the set-up and implementation of the procedure was presented. Thirds the coaching guidelines were presented to five active coaches to be used in everyday coaching situations and then their attitudes and beliefs about the usefulness of the procedure were surveyed. The coaches implemented the recommended procedure, used it for four weeks, and then reported their attitudes and beliefs about the procedure. The coaches reported the procedure was easy to implement and to understand. They also reported it was an effective training aid for their program and their athletes. They stated they would recommend the procedure to other coaches.



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