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NCAA New Rule Regarding Pole Vault Helmets

Not so long ago a pole vaulter who wished to use protective headgear had few options. Vaulters resorted to wearing equipment, such as skating helmets, that were neither tested nor specifically recommended for use in pole vaulting. However, over the last decade there has been increasing concern and discussion about creating standardized pole vaulting headgear in order to minimize head injuries and to prevent the death of athletes’ who hit their head during a vault. Such widespread concern for pole vaulters’ safety has prompted some significant changes in the last five years.

May 22, 2011: Inspect Your Pole Vault Equipment

There is something comforting about watching an airplane pilot walk around the outside of an airplane for a visual inspection prior to takeoff. Even though there are mechanics that work on the planes, the pilot who knows it is his or her ultimate responsibility for everyone’s safety onboard takes his or her due diligence seriously. It should be no different for athletes, and especially coaches, to inspect sporting equipment prior to each use.