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In addition to the core and upper body strength necessary in throwing the javelin, throwers also benefit from the agility and athleticism associated with running and jumping events. Javelin throwers share more physical characteristics with sprinters than with other, heavier throwing athletes.

Traditional free-weight training is often used by javelin throwers. In order to train a similar action to the javelin throw an increase power and intensity, metal-rod exercises and resistance band exercises can be used. Without proper strength and flexibility, throwers can become extremly prone to injury in the shoulder and elbow. Core stability can help in the transfer of physical power from the ground, through the body, and to the javelin. Stretching and sprint training are used to enhance the speed at which the javelin is released and the speed at which it travels. With proper strength and speed training, a javelin can reach speeds approaching 113 km/h (70mph).

 

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Ethan Wright