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Discuss Helmets for Pole-Vaulters at Florida Meeting

Pole vaulters on ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities voted to develop a standard for pole-vaulting headgear after discussing the pros and cons at their May meeting.

They welcome participation at their first meeting, Thurs., Nov. 7, 8-10 a.m., at the Fontainbleau Hilton Resort, Miami Beach. Those who can't attend can provide input by contacting the co-chairman below.

“The standard being developed will not produce a helmet capable of preventing head injuries to a vaulter falling from a typical vaulting height if they land on a hard surface—although a helmet may reduce the severity of the injury,” says pole vaulter and coach Peter McGinnis, professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at the State University of New York College at Cortland. “Helmets designed to meet the proposed standard will protect vaulters from head injuries in certain accident scenarios including bouncing out of the pit, stumbling and falling when exiting the pit, slipping off the pole at take off, and breaking a pole during a vault,” he says.

McGinnis will lead the standard's development with co-chairman Dean Fisher. For more information, contact Peter McGinnis, Exercise Science and Sport Studies, State University of New York College, Cortland.

Committee F08 meets Nov. 6-9 in Miami and May 7-10 in Kansas City, Mo. For membership or meeting details contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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