Use This Activity When Introducing the Discus to Young Athletes
The “Discus Waterfall” is my favourite drill to use when first teaching young athletes how to release a discus from their hand.
The athlete stands with feet parallel, holding the discus vertically in front of them, using the correct grip.
Tipping their hand slightly forward, the athlete lets the discus roll over their index finger and drop from their hand “like water going over the edge of a waterfall”.
The discus should land on its edge just in front of the athlete’s feet. The athlete picks up the discus and repeats.
Watch for the athlete who allows the discus to roll out of the back of their hand or tumbles the discus over the tops of their fingers. The coach may need to physically move the discus over an athlete’s index finger for the athlete to properly comprehend the correct release action.
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