NCBI ROFL: Dizziness in discus throwers is related to motion sickness generated while spinning.

By ncbi rofl | October 13, 2009 3:00 pm

“While both discus and hammer throwing involve rotating movements resulting in the throw of an object, discus throwers sometimes report dizziness, a condition never experienced by hammer throwers… A total of 22 high-level sportsmen in these 2 disciplines, half of them practising both sports, were interviewed. Slow motion video recordings of discus and hammer throwing were examined to determine the visual referential, head movements and plantar surface support area involved at each stage of the motions. Discomfort was reported by 59% of the sportsmen while throwing discus, but by none while throwing hammer… In conclusion, although hammer and discus-throwing present numerous similarities, we demonstrate here that crucial differences in the specific execution of each sport are responsible for the dizziness experienced by discus throwers.”

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