Track and field athletes who throw shot puts, the hammer, discus or javelin might not realize there’s a simple warm-up protocol that could increase their performance. Consider the findings of a study published in the Journal of Strength and Condition Research that put this practice to the test during national level competition.
At 3 different events, a dozen shot putters, 8 hammer throwers, 9 discus throwers and 3 javelin throwers performed 3 sets of maximal countermovement jumps lasting just over a minute before their second, fourth and sixth attempts. Mean throwing performance improved an average of 2.6% after the jumps. All but 2 of these subjects increased the distance of their best performance. Results tended to be better for the discus and javelin throwers than athletes throwing heavier objects.