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Strength Training And The Throws

Legendary throws coach Don Babbitt has an excellent article on strength training and the men’s throws in track and field. In this article, Coach Babbitt is drawing on more than 30 years of experience coaching at the University of Georgia including Olympians, world champions, and NCAA champions. Coach Babbitt takes an interesting approach to the importance of strength training to the throws. He looks at each of four lifts; the bench press, the squat, the clean, and power snatch. He...

Jumping and Sprinting Improves Shot Put Performance

In the March issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Terzis et al take a look at post activation potentiation (PAP) and the shot put.  The authors begin the article with an excellent review of the literature pointing out that there are inconsistencies in the literature about its effectiveness.  They hypothesize that these inconsistencies might be due to fatigue (i.e. the fatigue effect decreases performance greater than PAP increases it).   Their approach to this topic is to...

Learning to Stop

It is important for athletes to arrive someplace quickly. Unlike sprinters, however, athletes in many sports must be able to stop quickly in order to move in a different direction. This post is going to cover several drills that can be used to help athletes learn how to stop quickly and to be prepared to move in a different direction if necessary. When stopping, there are some technical pointers that an athlete should observe: • Chop the feet: Keep the...