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How new technology is changing track and field

BONNIE VIEW, Texas — At Vault Barn practice, just outside of Woodsboro, pole vault athletes are so accustomed to watching video of their practices that they can break down their mistakes on their own.
In 2018 it is not unusual to see multiple phones and tablets recording every event at track meets and practice.
In fact, it is stranger not to see some device recording every stride, vault, throw and jump.
Technology has taken hold in track and field over the last five-plus years and as smartphones and tablets have become more accessible in the last decade, immediate critique and instruction has changed how the sport is coached.
“How many people are visual? You can’t explain it to me, but if I can see it, I can better understand it,” said Kevin Hall, Vault Barn coach