View Full Version : Gender & shotput

10-19-2005, 02:20 AM
Dear all - I would like to pose the following:

It has been suggested that the rotatory shotput technique is
probably biomechanically the most efficient compared to the more
linear glide. Rotation is predominantly used by the majority of
world class male throwers. So, why do no world class female
throwers use this technique? Anecdotal comments from some
coaches suggest that females cannot rotate efficiently. Apparently
studies were carried out in the 60/70s by the East Germans
supporting this but the results do not appear to be available. Are
there any functional anatomy / biomechanical factors underlying

I would be interested in any thoughts from you all and will post a
digest of the relpies.

Dr Mark A Goss-Sampson
Principal Lecturer for Teaching Excellence
Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
University of Greenwich
Chatham Maritime
Kent ME4 4TB
Tel 020 8331 9782
Fax 020 8331 7898