Rotational Shot Put Technique
The rotational shot put technique is similar to a discus throw in that the athlete rotates in the circle. The advantage of the rotational technique is when done well much larger release speeds can be gained and in theory a longer throw.
Smaller practice drills can also be particularly useful for the adolescent athlete during summer growth spurts when coordination is sometimes effected. Going back to basics with drills for a session or two can help as the body realigns (axons and myelinization) itself following a growth spurt. It is recommended to teach drills in reated sets which develop movement through part range of the technique, rather than unrelated drills.
The shot put event originates from heavy stone throwing competitions in England and Scotland during the 15th century and was included in the first modern Olympiad of 1896 in Athens. Today there are two main techniques used, a linear movement which is a backwards shift across the circle and the non-linear or rotational technique.
- Written by Mike Walden