Javelin Throwing

Javelin Throwing Drills and Training

International Javelin Coach Tim Newenham explains the basics of Javelin throwing technique for beginners as well as the more advanced aspects of technique for experienced throwers. He explains the basics such as grip and how to do a standing throw through to drills for building up an effective run up. He explains the common errors throwers make and how to correct them.

Javelin- Warm Up

We outline specific stretching and mobility exercises to do before beginning a Javelin training session and to prepare an athlete for throwing the Javelin in competition. These are ideal as part of a warm up in preparation for training or competition and improve shoulder and spine mobility.

Javelin- Standing Throw

Elite Javelin coach Tim Newemham explains how to do a technically perfect standing throwing and examins some of the common faults beginners make. Getting the standing throw perfect from the start is important so the speed and power generated in the run up can be transferred into an efficient Javelin throw.

Javelin Drill-Run Up-1

How to do the perfect Javelin run up. We have broken this down into three parts starting with a simple walking three step approach and building to a full run up. Part one is a walking approach aiming to develop a specific rhythm which will be maintained when greater speed is built up on the runway.

Javelin Drill-Run Up-2

In part 2 of the Javelin run up we will progress onto a longer run up by beginning to carry the Javelin overhead during the approach. This will enable a more normal running action. It doesn't really matter if the point is up or down but round about horizontal is usual.

Javelin Drill-Run Up-3

This is a drill for the perfect run up. It doesn't really matter if the point is slightly up or slightly down but it does matter if it is pointing sideways as this is likely to result in flight errors. The shoulder should be relaxed and you should aim to have good control over the point of the Javelin.

Javelin- Flight Errors

Javelin coach Tim Newenham explains some of common errors made throwing the Javelin by examining the flight of the implement. He relates common technical faults to whether the Javelin goes tail down, tail up or rotates sideways.

The Grip

There are three main grips used in Javelin throwing. There is the V grip, the second finger and thumb with the first finger going up the binding and probably the simplest to coach is the first finger and thumb behind the binding.

Think of all throws having three phases, a beginning, a middle and end and in each phase there are several sections. The beginning is the start and run (body develops speed and rhythm), the middle or transition (which place the body and javelin in the correct position for throwing) are the crossovers and the end is the release (delivery).

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