Team Navy Road to the Warrior Games Sport of the Week #3 – Field
June 7, 2021 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON -- In this weekly series, we will explore each of the twelve sports that will be featured during the 2021 Warrior Games: archery, cycling, field, golf, indoor rowing, powerlifting, shooting (precision air sports), sitting volleyball, swimming, track, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
During week three, we are focusing on Field. Field is comprised of two events: discus and shot put. Discus and shot put are two of the oldest field events in the sport of track and field. Both depend on explosive strength. However, it’s not just muscle power that helps athletes dominate in this sport. Shot putters and discus throwers also need quickness to generate momentum.
The key to success is not just arm strength, it’s important to consider the precise movement within the circle and the precise coordination of release in order to improve overall results.
From the explaining the term athletics to the Paralympic Games history, here are a list of five facts to know.
- Sport Origin: Field is one of the oldest sports. While athletic was the original event featured during the first Olympics back in 776 BCE, Field specific events were included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Since then, field events have been a part of the program and considered the backbone of the Olympics.
- Paralympics History: Field events have been a part of the Paralympic Games since the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy in 1960. Along with track, field is the biggest sport within the Paralympic movement in terms of the number of participating athletes and countries.
- Warrior Games Competition Style: During the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games, the field competition is composed of two major events: Discus and Shot Put/Club. Athletes may compete in one or both competition either standing or seating, across 17 classification categories. Male and female athletes compete separately in all competitions. Athletes throw different implements by weight, based upon gender and classification category.
- Field Classification: Sport classification is a system that provides a level playing field for athletes competing in adaptive sports. The 2021 Warrior Games will offer athletes the ability to compete across five categories, with 17 classification categories.
- Athletics vs Track & Field – What’s the Difference?: While the DoD Warrior Games makes a clear distinction between track and field, internationally the combination of track and field events is called “athletics.” Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involve running, throwing, and jumping. The name is derived from the Greek word “athlon,” meaning “contest.”