Here is how to develop a simple full approach javelin throw. The athlete is taking one step away from the foul line on the front of the javelin apron. Then the athlete is going to do a simple five-five approach. Five steps running forward and five crossovers. Focus on rhythm here, counting to five twice, but much quicker the second time. Continuously building momentum as the approach grows. Have the coach mark the consistent tenth step and from that point we will measure back from the foul line and this is a good starting point for the full approach.

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This is a basic 10 step full approach javelin throw. Focus on 3 different things, first being the rhythm of the approach. It's important for athletes to be patient out of the back of the approach, we don't want them to start too fast too early. Remember we want the maximum velocity at the end of the approach. Secondly, focus on a good quality transition in running forward steps into the crossovers. The athlete is dropping the javelin back and running away from the javelin. Creating good separation and setting ourselves up to throw with a lower-body first is critical and quality throws. Lastly, focus on posture through the finish of the throw. It's important for athletes to control their speed and be able to hold a good posture on the finish. A very common mistake is an athlete being too aggressive and being too fast by bringing more speed than they can handle.

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