Misalignment can be caused by any number of factors: late
plant, low plant, close take-off, take-off wrong foot, run-up not central or
looking for the pit. This athlete appears to have taken off on the wrong foot
as the left leg is back and the right knee is driving forward.
The only way to discover the cause is by the process of
elimination and correction. In order to achieve this will require the coach to
watch the vaulter from several different angles.
From behind to check where he/she is running on the runway;
also check the plant action, i.e. curl and press; check alignment of the head
From the side to check whether the take-off foot is close;
whether he/she is jumping on the correct foot, i.e. left foot for right handers
and right for left handers.
From the back of the landing pit to get a better idea where
the actual misalignment occurs and to check head alignment and plant
Do run-up practices on the track using a lane line as a
guide. This practice should also incorporate use of the Fibresport Simplant box
and include practicing the plant as well.