256: Throwing trends (with Don Babbitt)


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The dust has settled following Tokyo, giving us time to analyze the most recent trends in our sport. It's not just a question of who is hot and who is not, but how current throwers are adapting and changing technique to reach new levels. On this week's podcast coach Don Babbitt joins us to look at the technical trends in the throws that emerged in Tokyo.

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More notes:

  • This episode is brought to you by HMMR Plus. Become a member for full access to our videos, articles, and podcast archives. The August/September site theme is analyzing the Olympics. Check back throughout the rest of the month for more insights from Tokyo.
  • You can learn more about Babbitt’s background from the University of Georgia webpage.
  • Babbitt was also a guest on Episode 170, where we broke down the 2017 World Championships biomechanics report. We also spoke with him on Episode 116. And he sat down for a lengthy interview on individualization and other training topics back in 2012.
  • HMMR Plus Members can watch Babbitt break down rotational shot put styles, technical development, and training methods in this 3.5 hour video lesson.
  • We analyzed the Olympic results on our last Episode 255 with guest Shaun Pickering. In addition, we wrote some insight on the throwing surface controversy and what needs to be done to standardize surfaces in the sport.
  • Valerie Allman's technique and her work with coach Zeb Sion was discussed in this recent Track and Field News article. Coach Sion regularly posts training videos on Instagram, including her incredible 22 meter overhead throw.
  • Also mentioned in the episode, we interviewed dutch discus thrower Eric Cadee in 2012 about his experiments with a new discus throw start.

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