TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ELITE MALE AND FEMALE DISCUS THROWERS

  • E. Tong
  • W. Xie
  • K. Teh
  • B. Yu
Keywords: biomechanics, discus throw, trend analysis

Abstract

This study identified technical characteristics of discus throwing techniques used by elite male and female discus throwers. Fifty-seven male and fifty-two female elite discus throwers were divided into four groups based on their longest official distances. Flight distance was the major determinant of the official distance for male athletes. Flight distance and aerodynamic distance contribution to the official distance for females. Horizontal and vertical velocities of the discus at release were major determinants of the official distance for both all athletes. Increases in the horizontal and vertical velocities of the discus during different phases had different effects on the official distance for all athletes. Results provide information for technical training of discus techniques and basis for future discus throwing studies.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities