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Deconstructing the BLOCK Leg

We have all been taught as throwers to embrace the “block leg.” The verbiage has been consistent, throwers know what the block leg refers to and they know where the block leg is achieved. The non-dominant leg is grounded and then it “blocks.” But here-in lies the problem.

What is the “block” leg doing? What is it blocking? Is that a good way to view the actual mechanism that we want to be accomplished? Do we want to block on the finish of the throw? Does “blocking” lead to greater distances and better overall feeling?!?! Let’s find out.

What is it?!?!

To clarify further, the non-dominant leg on the FINISH of the glide, the discus rotation, and the shot put rotational technique is referred to as the block leg. The purpose of the movement is to focus on rapid acceleration throughout the circle, get to the front of the circle, and then hit a strong BLOCK. This will aid us in the finish and improve our distances...or so we have been told.

Overarching Issues

Many beginner and intermediate throwers have very difficult times describing the actual functionality behind the term “block leg.” This is an issue, in and of itself, because it’s very important for young athletes to have a comprehensive understanding of terminology and what the terms mean and how they apply to the overall movement. If a movement term is not clear, throwers may execute the movement poorly, solely because they don’t actually understand what needs to be accomplished!