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Hammer Throw Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

watson2As I’ve said before I have two goals for the European Championships. The first is to throw far and this project starts tomorrow. The second is to help publicize the hammer. That began several weeks ago.

After my selection to the Swiss team the hammer has received a lot of media coverage, both positive and negative. I’ll have more about the media coverage after the championships, but as they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. My favorite piece was just posted today by the online startup news site Watson.ch. They came to training two weeks ago with all kinds of toys: GoPros, a drone, and a camera I didn’t dare ask how much it cost. They put them all in the line of fire to capture the hammer throw from every imaginable angle.

The result is a great introductory video for our event showing how the event looks and capturing some fascinating facts about the hammer. Take a look and share to let others know which track and field event is the best!

→ Check out the original article on Watson.ch. They also have one of the best European Championships live tickers (in German) with a great combination of news, Swiss athletes, and humor.

→ Related Content: Read our detailed previews of the European Championships men’s hammer and women’s hammer competitions.

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Macro and Micro Changes

Please excuse me if the site is a little slow lately as I have been preoccupied with my final preparations for the European Championships. But I had a few quick thoughts on Nick’s latest post about the book Only the Paranoid Survive.

Change plays a central role in training. As Nick describes, you have to find the inflection points that let you know when you need to adopt new methods. Changing your approach too soon or too late will put you at risk of losing out to your competition, just as companies that are leaders one day can be gone the next (anyone remember Compaq computers?). You also have to know what new methods are worth changing for. Is it a passing fad, or a paradigm shift in the sport?
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The Inflection Point

In my last post I talked about the book Only the Paranoid Survive. The central theme is about finding “inflection points.” When you figure out that the situation you are involved with has reached an “inflection point” it is time to change. When do we know its time to change? Author Andrew Grove explains that we need to “figure out who our major competitor is and see if they’re about to change. If there is more then one competitor then there is something significant going on.” When this is realized there are a number of things that Grove suggests you do:
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Throwing and Health Part I: Joint Injuries

Jason Young is an Olympic discus thrower. Be sure to visit the Discus Dynamics website for more information about his eBook.

Throwers are unique athletes and sometimes not given the credit which is deserved for how hard they train and their feats of athleticism. When working with clients in the fitness industry, they are often surprised by my level of mobility and speed. In their eyes I look like a really big dude that likely has lifted weights too much. Then I demonstrate an exercise and they are awakened at my ability to do basic gymnastics, jumping, balance, and coordination at a body weight of 280 pounds. Just as it is hard to see from first glance how dynamic a person is, it is also very difficult to evaluate injury potential and underlying problems. This series is just a taste of what I would like to expand on in the future for the bettering of health in our sport.
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The Four Eyes Principle

features-foureyes[1]When I started working in the finance world back in 2010, I quickly became familiar with the Four Eyes Principle. At the time I thought “four-eyes” was what bullies called kids with glasses, but in finance it is a risk reduction device. Humans make mistakes, both intential and unintentional, and having two people (i.e. four eyes) look at something before being approved can help minimize the mistakes.
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Basic Principles of Data Collection

As technology has proliferated over the past decade, so has data collection among athletes and coaches. Data collection is nothing new, but as the amount of data and the ease of obtaining it seems to be growing exponentially. I was just speaking to a scientist from Push last week and their new device will soon let you capture all kinds of metrics with the touch of a button in training. Other devices are adding different metrics. But with all the new data, it is important to keep in mind two principles of data collection:

  1. Know what the data tells you; and
  2. Know how to use it.

If you overlook these, then the data might as well be useless. Read more

Hamstring solutions

The solutions to the issue of the explosion of hamstring are quite straightforward. Here some of the things that have worked for my colleagues and me. All of these take a deep commitment to coaching movement. Read more

Words of Wisdom, Volume 2

Last week I started sharing some of the best training material I’ve run across online recently. Due to the great response, I’ve pulled out a few more quotes and words of wisdom from my June journal.
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Hamstring Injuries – A problem with a clear solution

I am not trying to jump on the bandwagon here; this is something I have been writing about and commenting on for years. Hamstring injuries have become a huge problem in sport. Just to be clear even though the Josey Altidore hamstring pull prompted this post I have no know knowledge of what the US Men’s National team does or does not do in terms of conditioning. I have had no contact with the US Men’s National Soccer team since I worked with the 1998 World Cup team. I do closely follow the tends the trends in training, injury prevention and rehab and the trends in regard to the hamstring have been quite alarming to me over the past ten years. I will state my premise up front: The more you train the hamstring to prevent hamstring injuries, the more hamstring injuries you will have. Introduction of the term “posterior chain” is part of the problem. It has caused us to focus more on one part of the body instead of thinking of the linkage, connection and coordination of the whole kinetic chain. Two years ago I visited a prominent DI football school. The Head Football S&C proudly told me about the extensive posterior chain work they were doing – last year they had eight hamstring pulls out of their 22 starters! Do you think there is any connection? I do! Read more

Words of Wisdom

photoIn Riga last week one of the Swiss sprinters asked me when I would run out of things to write about. That will happen as soon as I stop learning. When will that be? When I keel over.

As I’ve talked about before, continuous learning is something I picked up from my two biggest mentors, Harold Connolly and Anatoliy Bondarchuk. I am reading and talking about training with others daily. And I keep a daily journal with notes on what I learned, what I’ve observed in my own training and coaching, and other commentary on life in general. Just a portion of what I note makes it online or inspires me to write a post.

As the internet track and field community has grown over the past few years, so has the amount of great training content available online. I tend to post links to the best articles I find on Twitter when I run across them, but I thought it would be good to regularly share some of the nuggets of wisdom here too. Below are some highlights from my June journal that I’ve grouped into some loose categories.

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