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March 03, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 84

Shot put is an athletic field event. It is well recognized in the Olympics and almost every nation participates in the event. Nations take a lot of pride in the Olympics. Just like every other athletic events, shot put also involves 3 places for winners. 1st place bags the gold medal, 2nd place bags the silver and the third bags the bronze. There are rules maintained for the shot put as well. The shot should be made of iron or brass, it should weigh about 7.26 kgs for men and its diameter should range between 110 to 130 millimeters. The woman's shot on the other hand weighs about 4 kgs and its diameter is about 95 to 110 millimeters.

The shot put area is about 2.135 meters with a wooden stop board of 10 centimeters. Participants can touch the inside of the circle's rim or stop board but cannot touch the top of the rim or stop board while attempting a throw. There is a throwing circle and the shot put should not touch the outer area of the throwing circle. The participant cannot leave the circle while the throw is in progress as well.

There is a common misconception that shot put is a game involving strength and brute force. The technique is more complicated than what it sounds and the athlete performing the art is usually more technically proficient. Consider the following tips to master the techniques involved in the sport.

Always warm up before you get involved in practice sessions or an actual event. Warming up allows you to avoid injuries and give your best performance. Muscle pulls and strains and even muscle tears are the common injuries that can take place when warming up is neglected.

As you begin your throw, remember to stand towards the back of the circle with the shot supported at the back of your neck. This allows you to balance the shot's weight as well as avoid over stepping the line while you throw. Over stepping the line leads you to a foul throw and your chance is considered as invalid. Your elbow and the back leg should be bent at an angle of 90 degrees to the floor as you are supporting the shot at your neck. It is a rule that you do not step out of the inner circle as you attempt your throw. As you thrust forward to throw, keep your body within the boundary and keep it as low as you can. Make use of your legs to thrust your entire body forward with as much momentum as possible. This provides great leverage for your throw.

Pivot your front foot as you get nearer to the front of the circle. Twist your hips before your shoulders. Twisting your hips creates maximum power for the throw and then bring your shoulders forward and swing around the unused arm. This movement is known as the GLIDE.

As such most of the work is complete. Extend your throwing arm forward as far as you possibly can. This factor gives you a maximum reach. Flick your wrist to get additional momentum to your throw to complete the process.

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