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Shotput Instructions

Shotput Instructions

Overview

The shot put is a sport in which competitors attempt to throw a metal ball, or shot, down a field; the person who throws the shot the farthest wins the event. Because of the weight of the shot, muscle strength is an important factor in determining how far you are able to throw. However, mastering the proper throwing technique is even more crucial. Using a improper technique can result in an inaccurate or uncontrolled throw that fails to use your body's momentum to the fullest.

Step 1

Stretch your leg, arm and shoulder muscles. Perform some light exercise, such as running, until your body temperature is elevated and your muscles are loose.

Step 2

Stand in the throwing circle. Note the location of the lines printed next to the circle; this marks the front of the circle, where you will be throwing. Turn your body until you are facing away from the lines.

Step 3

Lift the shot, and carry it in the palm of your throwing hand. Position the surface of your palm facing upward, toward the sky. Lift your throwing hand up toward your neck. Hold the shot against your neck, next to your jawline.

Step 4

Bend the leg located on the same side of your body as your throwing arm; continue bending until the leg reaches a 90-degree angle. Keep the leg on the opposite side of your body outstretched directly behind you. Your feet should be slightly more than shoulder width apart.

Step 5

Turn your forward foot toward the front of the circle. Begin to turn your hips in the same direction. Wait until the movement of your hips begins to pull on the side of your body, then begin turning your shoulders. Swing your free hand behind you as you turn to add momentum.

Step 6

Begin to push the shot put forward, toward the throwing area. Straighten your arm out completely as you throw; once your arm reaches its limit, flick your wrist to add more momentum to the shot. Keep an eye on the intended target area.

Step 7

Allow your momentum to continue turning your body. Bring your rear foot forward, and keep your body inside the throwing circle.

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