Pole Vaulting is a tough sport and even a harder one to coach, as you can only coach after they screw up and it takes a lot of energy for each fault. The athlete's form in pole vaulting is paramount; as if you screw it up you end up 15 feet in air against a stanchion and no where but down to go. Unfortunately there usually is not very good mat protection there to break you fall to prevent breaking your leg, arm or collarbone.With today's high tech materials the poles are getting stronger and do not break as often as the pole-vaulter goes for maximum flex to insure the desired height. It takes countless hours to train to be a proficient pole-vaulter and a coach to stand around and critique your form and give you pointers is not always available. Although for safety reasons pole vaulting is not something you want to do alone, as you need someone to call the paramedics if you screw up real bad; it stands to reason that you will always need someone to explain to you what you are doing wrong or what you are doing right.
It is for this reason that I propose using high-tech Holographic Technologies, which are getting closer to becoming reality. I propose that as the athlete runs down the runway, that the second he passes a certain predetermined place that he triggers a laser sensor which starts the holographic image ahead of him, with the perfect form needed to get over the bar. As the athlete jams the pole into the box the holographic image begins its full motion 3D video. The pole-vaulter will of course match his form to the image as he travels up and over the bar. What do you think about that idea?.."Lance Winslow" - Online Think Tank forum board. If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; http://www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs/.
By: Lance Winslow