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""""Jay Silvester couldn't have picked better event specialists: The Pagels, Jeff Gorsky, Don Babbitt (my coach), and Jay himself all offer years of practical knowledge--combined with solid mechanics--that will be an invaluable tool for any coach/athlete to use."""
Adam Nelson
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"Jay Silvester couldn't have picked better event specialists: The Pagels, Jeff Gorsky, Don Babbitt (my coach), and Jay himself all offer years of practical knowledge--combined with solid mechanics--that will be an invaluable tool for any coach/athlete to use."

Adam Nelson
2000 Olympic Silver Medalist
Shot Put - 22.51m

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (February 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736041141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736041140
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I myself am a novice thrower who purchased this book in order to gain a better understanding of the javelin throw in particular and I am pleased to say that I wasn't let down. The book does a great job of offering some specific workout plans and training drills that can help increase your power output and thus enable you to throw farther.

The only reason I gave this book a four star rating was because of the technique instructions that were explained only in print with few pictures.

Overall a very good book however and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get in better shape for the throwing events or to a coach who wants to better condition their athletes.
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The title may be a slight exaggeration, a 167 pages long book can hardly be complete, but this one comes close. Jay Silvester isn't just any writer, in the world of throwing he's certainly a somebody, and I nearly said: So is this book. The book comes with very good descriptions of modern throwing technique for all four Olympic throws, complete with pictures. You'll find suggestions for learning and teaching the throws step by step, which is very useful when you coach novice athletes.

The authors suggest training drills for all four events, with pictures that eases understanding. At last, let's not forget the sample training programs. They will give you a pretty good idea about how to plan the training for a thrower. This is a very useful resource for anythrows coach, both beginning coaches and experienced ones.

I almost forgot, the book is well written and easily read. You don't need to be an expert to benefit from it, but you still can if you are an expert.
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This book has a ton of information but could use a new edition. Once that includes new drawings or photos to better show the techniques. The tables listing exercises and workout routines could be updated too.
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This book is very detailed with illustrations for easy understanding.
It even gives workouts for each individual throw. I would definately
recommend this book to people who are just learning the sports.
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Our grandsons both hold the county titles at their middle schools for shot put competition. They were absolutely thrilled for this Complete Book of Throws. It will hopefully enable them to perfect their competition throwing for both shot put and discus. Very, very pleased with book!
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By B. King on September 8, 2005
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I consider myself to have a decent undersanding of the throws, and still found this book to be full of tidbits of knowledge. If you are a throws guy (or girl) then this book should be a part of your collection.
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I actually bought this book twice, once 8 years ago (since lost in various moves). Frankly, the info here is dated, weakly presented, and in serious need of revision. The 'world marks' are well out of date, for one. Save your money, what you probably need is (now) available free, for Googling.
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best compilation of sound info that I have found after 46 years of coaching
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