JAVELIN TRAJECTORY SIMULATION AND ITS USE IN COACHING

  • Mont Hubbard

Abstract

Scientific analysis and assessment of athletic performance are, in the general case, notoriously difficult. In track and field events there are at least clearly defined measures of performance (time expired, height jumped, distances thrown, etc.) . The coaches' job then becomes one of assisting the athlete to improve his or her technique in order to achieve the optimal performance possible within the constraints imposed by the physical limitations of the athlete. In addition, the coach can suggest exercises and other ways in which these physical limitations (e.g. muscle strength) presently restricting performance can be raised, thus allowing for possible improved performance in the future. In both cases, however, it is the limits of performance which are central.
Published
2008-03-27