The Biomechanical Analysis of the Discus Throw: Stages and Suggested Training Techniques

By Ciara Delgado.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Each defined stage analyzes the biomechanics that influence success in the discus spin technique. The paper improves the reader’s understanding of the specific style for throwing the discus. A discussion follows on training recommendations in the multiple stages of the discus spin. Reasoning for specific accelerations and strong ground reaction forces are addressed. Important drills and training methods are discussed that strengthen portions of an overall spin technique and result in an optimal throw for the athlete. Other topics that follow include a review of rules and regulations of the discus throw, release angles, and body limb alignment. In conclusion, this article reinforces the importance of proper and specific biomechanics for the discus spin technique and encourages more in depth research for the event.

Keywords: Discus Throw, Spin Technique, Biomechanics, Throws Training

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.198MB).

Ciara Delgado

Assistant Coach at Queen's University; ACE Personal Trainer, Queen’s University Track and Field, Queen’s University, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

ACE Personal Trainer (certified since 2008); Assistant Coach (Queen’s University) Throws, Sprints, Distance; B.S. Exercise Science (Minor Psychology) UNC-Charlotte; TrySports Post-Collegiate Athlete- 1500m; 800m; 5k; UNC-Charlotte Former College Athlete. Interests: Completing Dual Master’s in Sport Studies and Sports Coaching from United States Sports Academy; USATF Level 1 certification; AAU Coach (North Carolina/Charlotte/Charlotte Elite)