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Rotational Shot Put (Video)

Coach Boo Schexnayder highlights teaching progressions for the rotational shot put, while addressing preliminary movements such as the grip, stand and wind. In this clip, he defines the differences in the positioning of the rotational style and the glide style, offering effective strategies to teach both styles.     —There are slight differences in the…

Upper Body Mechanics in the Throws

Biomechanical Concerns.  When we examine upper body activity on the throwing events, we are concerned with six key realms. They are lengthening the rotational path of the implement, delaying the upper body movements, turning, maintaining positional relationships, the sweep/block, and the strike.   Lengthening the Rotational Path of the Implement Closed Shoulders.  During the delivery,…

Lower Body Mechanics in the Throws

Complete Teaching Progressions for the Throwing Events   Biomechanical Concerns.  When we look at lower body activity in the throwing events, we are concerned with three realms. They are blocking, lengthening the implement’s path, and force production. Blocking.  Blocking refers to a stopping or abrupt deceleration of the thrower’s movement. This fosters a transfer of…

Commonality Based Coaching

  What is a Commonality?    Simply put, a commonality is something two things have in common. In track and field coaching, the commonalities we are concerned with are shared skills and movements. There are two types of commonalities we’ll discuss here, intraevent commonalities and interevent commonalities. Intraevent Commonalities.  Intraevent commonalities are technical features and movement…

A Guide to Handling Hamstring Injuries for the Coach

Introduction Hamstring injuries are probably the most troubling of all typical track and field injuries. The frequency with which they occur, their debilitating nature, combined with the fact that they seem to strike when least expected and at the worst times make them the most frightening of all injuries. In addition to this, hamstring injuries…

Athlete and Group Management…What’s Important in Coaching

Perspectives. Often we get so caught up in the technical side of coaching… writing workouts, teaching techniques, attending competitions… that we forget about the process of coaching. The biggest part of coaching is creating an environment that enables young people to learn, grow improve, and succeed. The biggest part of creating that environment is the…

Training in the Hallways: Bad Weather Options for the Track and Field Coach

One of the greatest dilemmas facing any track and field coach is what to do when the weather is bad and you have no legitimate indoor track facility in which to train. I get asked the question all the time, and often it seems I am expected to offer a perfect solution. The fact of…

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