Technique breakdown, teaching progressions, event specific running exercises, event specific medicine ball throws, pre-made training plans for multiple training cycles.
Strength training, plyometrics, medicine ball throws, multi-jumps and throw combination exercises, and running workouts designed for javelin throwers. Full teaching sequence with logical progressions design to peak when it matters most.
The Javelin Throw Coaching Manual is the newest book from Scott Cappos, long time Big Ten Coach at Iowa and Nebraska. Cappos has coached multiple Big Ten Champions, All-Americans, Big Ten Record Holders, and National Record Holders.
The approach is the number of steps or distance before the javelin is released.
The approach is designed to create horizontal velocity and momentum that will be converted into the implement at release. The goal is to release the javelin with high velocity at an optimal release angle. Maintaining good positions during high speed movements will be critical for optimal performance.
Novice throwers start with 5-8 strides, and more advanced throwers use 14 plus strides in the javelin approach.
The ideal approach distance will be determined by the athlete's ability to create maximal controlled speed that can be converted into maximal release velocity in optimal positions that result in the greatest throwing distance possible. Less experienced athletes generally have shorter approach runs because of the inability to maintain optimal throwing positions at higher rates of speed and inconsistent stride patterns during the approach.
The javelin thrower sets up the approach by positioning the lower body to accelerate down the runway at a set checkmark. The right arm is bent; the javelin is gripped and placed above the right shoulder at eye level or higher; the left arm is positioned at the side of the body.
The javelin approach is initiated with running mechanics similar to the acceleration phase used in sprinting, characterized by quicker, shorter strides pushing the body forward. The javelin thrower drives forward to overcome inertia at the beginning of the approach, slowly increasing stride length until the javelin is withdrawn. The javelin is stable with minimal movement during the beginning of the approach. The left arm counterbalances the cyclic motion of the lower body.