The discus throw is a complex track and field event combining linear and angular motion. Success in the discus throw necessitates being strong and explosive; but due to the complexity of the event, throwers must be technically sound. The basic throwing technique employed by all discus throwers is similar, but variations are present due to anthropometrics, physical abilities, training, and error influences. Working with a Paralympic discus thrower, that has a physical disability, is a unique coaching challenge that makes it important to individualize the technical model to meet the physical abilities of the athlete.
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Lawrence W. Judge, Ph.D., CSCS, is an associate professor of Physical Education and is the coordinator of the Graduate Coaching Program at Ball State University. He recently served as a national track and field (ambulatory throws) coach for team USA at the London Paralympics. He personally coached gold medalist, Jeremy Campbell, in the F44 discus. He can be contacted by the following: