Pole Vault Safety Collar
Are there actual studies showing where the safety collar is safer than not having the wings that protrude into the box? Just my observation, but I've seen more misplants as a result of the safety collar than I did before it's use. I'm not saying it's more dangerous than not having it, because I do not know that for sure, but it looks to me that it might cause more problems than without it. Now, I've never seen anyone head plant into the box, so if it saves the kid that somehow ends up in that situation from more serious injury than they would have without it, then ok. From my experience though, it seems like the collar might put more kids in a position to end up with a plant that puts them in a bad situation than without. Was there the proper research done on this before it's implementation, or did it just look like a good idea and so it was made a rule?