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Throwing training




Safety In The Throwing Events
The importance of safety in the throwing events cannot be overstated. In high school only the Pole Vault has a great history of serious injuries incurred by participants and spectators. In high school the throwing events concerned are the shot put and discus.

Teaching Progressions For Beginning Discus Throwers
The first step in introducing the discus to the beginner is to give them a feel for how to hold the discus. To begin, the thrower should hold the discus in the palm of their outstretched arm (this is the non-throwing arm). Then place the right fingertips extending over the edge of the lip of the discus.

Interview with Art Venegas, Head Track & Field Coach, UCLA
Considered the premier collegiate men's and women's throwing coach in the nation, Art Venegas also has a worldwide reputation because of his coaching expertise with many world-class throwers.

Train Light Throw Big
The method of training for the shot put I am going to relate to you now, was developed and used for over 30 years. It has been used by national champions and beginning throwers with equal success. It has given as much as a 13 improvement in one season. Most increases in distance are anywhere from 5 to 10 feet, and this is with veteran throwers.

Training the High School Discus Thrower
Developing a skilled top level discus thrower requires patience but has many rewards. To begin with, the discus is an event that requires a high level of skill. Unlike the sprints or jumps, a decent thrower is almost never beaten by a superior athlete who walks over and dabbles in the event. By becoming technically proficient a thrower of very modest athletic ability will defeat the great majority of his competitors, and a truly gifted athlete will dominate most meets short of the prestigious invitationals. In discussing the training of the discus thrower, I will emphasize coaching approaches and experiences I have found in developing high school throwers. I will discuss everything in terms of a right-handed thrower. reverse all directions for a left hander. Also, in describing the ring, I will refer to the rear where the throw begins as 12 o'clock with the front being 6 o'clock etc. Developing a top level thrower has many stages:

Coaching Shot Put for Beginner Throwers Part I
Step-by-step teaching progressions can be used to lead the beginning thrower through the various aspects of shot-put technique, from how to hold the shot to a full throw using the rotational or glide technique. Teaching progressions can be an effective way to introduce a highly technical event like the shot put, which demands coordination of the legs, trunk and arms, in order to have a successful performance. It is important that each step of a teaching progression focuses on a single aspect of technique and that only one new technical element is introduced with each successive step. By teaching the shot put in such a progressive manner, the beginning shot-putter is allowed to learn one step at a time and will not be overloaded by having to concentrate on many things at the same time.

Teaching Progressions for Beginning Shot Put Part II
Part I of this two-part article illustrated a five-step teaching progression that taught beginning throwers how to standthrow. Once a thrower is able to standthrow and feel comfortable with the motion, he is able to advance to either the glide or the rotational technique. Part II of this article will cover teaching progressions for both techniques, beginning with the glide technique. All descriptions of technique will be for the right-handed thrower.

The Discus Throw
Discus Throw Training

Teaching the Javelin
The javelin, like the other throwing events has its peculiarities. At 800 and 600 grams respectively these men and women's implements are the lightest of the four throwing events. It is the only throwing event that takes place outside of a ring with a long run up. Therefore greater demand is placed on transitional movement skills as the throw moves from straight ahead run to crossover strides and finally the throwing position. We will begin to examine and explain the steps and drills necessary to achieve a throw from a full approach. Each section will have technical points to cue your throwers on while doing the drills.

What is Correct Technique? A Training Guide.
This article, originally published in “The Throws – Official Report of the European Athletic Coaches Association Congress, 1987” is an excellent analysis of the tools needed to examine technique and goes on to challenge the existence of ideal technical models.


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