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Transcript of Javelin Biomechanics
The amount of force being transferred into the throw, depends of the amount of force that is built up in during the run up and swing of the arm and upper body.
A javelin throw has newton’s three laws of force applying to the overall technique needed to release and allow the javelin to travel a distance.
Newton’s first law states that without the external influence our body has upon the javelin stick, the javelin itself would stay in a state of uniform motion. The second law underlines that the javelin will only travel as far as the amount of force applied to it allows. It will also travel in the same direction that the force way applied onto the javelin (pushing it forward, traveling at the appropriate angle). Newton’s third law relates to the recovery section of the javelin throw – when the force built in the body has been transferred into the javelin, the opposite reaction is happening onto the athlete and a pull throw effect is made.
Overall release of Javelin - Self Performance video
Analysis on performance
Biomechanics - What it means
Principles used to assess technique in the javelin throw:
Biomechanics is the sport science field that applies the laws of mechanics and physics to human performance, in order to gain a greater understanding of performance in athletic events through modelling, simulation and measurement (Wood, 2010).
“The East Germans first used biomechanics. This meant that rather than guessing about technique and form, they could apply changes to athletic performance based on science.” - Bill Toomey
Diagram shows left handed thrower
Javelin was first practiced in Ancient Greece and incorporated into the Olympic Games in 708BC as part of the pentathlon. It has been part of the modern Olympic Games program since 1908 for men, and 1932 for women (Javelin Throw, n.d.).
History of the Javelin throw
Grip is behind body
Elbow is high
Tip must strike the ground first for the throw to be recorded
Analysis of athlete
Elbow is not raised
Grip is beside face and not above the hairline
Hand laying flimsy by side, not building up enough momentum
Arm's not fully extended
Appropriate release angle
roughly 36 degrees
Release angle is too large
Angle of release drill
- works on improving technique and appropriate angle used to cover the most distance
- Wasn't able to properly get the video of the drill onto the slide; URL of the technique:
Angle of release depicts the best release point to achieve maximal distance in the throw
- It will stay in flight until it has lost it's initial inertia and the Earth's gravitational force acts upon it
Once the javelin has been release from the athletes grip, due to the laws of physics, it’s projected in a relatively straight line until the earth’s gravitational pull acts upon it (What is Projectile motion?, 2016).
. Going through the motions for the release of the javelin it is easy to establish which sections of the elbow acts as the fulcrum, the input force and output force. The elbow acts as the fulcrum, the arm and upper torso act as the input force – transferring the required amount of force necessary for the object to move, and the javelin as the output force – where the transfer of force has been relocated (What levers does your body use?, 2007).
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Newtons First Law: Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it) (Newton's Three Laws, 2016).
Newtons Second Law: The relationship between an object's mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Acceleration and force are vectors (as indicated by their symbols being displayed in slant bold font); in this law the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector ) (Newton's Three Laws, 2016).
Newtons Third Law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction ) (Newton's Three Laws, 2016).