Does Loop Jump Use Pole Vaulting Technique? (Trevor Laak)

Trevor Laak explains and shows how the loop jump CAN indeed be thought of as a vaulting jump.  Historically, the toe jumps in skating (toe loop, flip, and lutz) have been compared to a pole vault, where the picking leg acts like the pole.  A pole vaulter uses the sprinting entry speed along with precise timing and the springiness of the pole to get spectacular height.  Skaters definitely take advantage of this same effect on toe loop, flip and lutz.

But do edge jumps also use this mechanism to create jump height?

As we’ve seen, the axel definitely uses this concept of pole vaulting in order to create lift and rotation.  But what about salchow and loop?  As Trevor shows in this video, the loop jump also uses a pole vaulting mechanism.  (For the record, so does the salchow!)

In a survey of iCoachSkating subscribers about the loop jump (see the related series here: Part 1 and Part 2), coaches were asked to answer the following question:

“Many coaches describe toe jumps (toe loop, flip, lutz) as having a pole vaulting action.  Does a good triple loop have a similar pole vaulting motion?

57% of the coaches responding said yes, it has a pole vaulting motion, while 43% said no, it does not have a pole vaulting motion.  This video will help everyone understand that indeed a loop jump uses a pole vaulting motion to achieve jump height.

[Editor’s note: This video was originally released in May 2016 and was given to all subscribers who took the loop jump survey.  But all iCoachSkating subscribers need to see this video and understand this important concept, so we are publishing it again.  This information is important for understanding upcoming videos that continue the loop jump survey results series.]


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