Chase Madison (15 September, 1985) is an US American specializing in the discus throw. He has competed in the USA Championships. Madison worked as a strength and conditioning coach while obtaining his masters degree in sports psychology at Illinois State University.
|season||12 lb shot put||16 lb shot put||1.6kg discus||2kg discus|
|2001||14,83m (48′ 8″)||45,31m (148′ 8″)|
|2002||15,72m (51′ 7″)||50,85m (166′ 10″)|
|2003||17,47m (57′ 4″)||60,68m (199′ 1″)|
|2004||20,12m (66′ 0½”)||63,01m (206′ 9″)|
|2005||16,86m/55’4″||53,61m (175′ 11″)|
|2006||17,85m/58’7″||59, 58m (195′ 6″)|
|2008||18,05m (59′ 2½”)||62,85m (206′ 2″)|
|2009||18,92m (62′ 0¾”)||59,92m (196′ 7″)|
|2010||dnc||61,28m (201′ 1″)|
|2011||dnc||60,64m (198′ 11″)|
|2012||dnc||61,54m (201′ 11″)|
|2013||dnc||60,95m (199′ 12″)|
|2014||dnc||61,50m (201′ 9″)|
|2015||dnc||65,42m (214′ 8″)|
USA Championships resume:
2008 Olympic Trials – 21st place
2009 – 7th place
2010 – 18th place
2011 – 12th place
2012 Olympic Trials – 12th place
2013 – 5th place
2014 – Qualified, but did not compete
2015 – 7th place
How has your training been going recently?
My training has been going well. I had a recent bout of muscle spasms in my lower back that are extremely painful and difficult to get rid of. For a few days I was lucky to walk with a normal gait, let alone perform any serious training. I’m excited that it is finally calming down, and I’m able to get back into the ring again. Prior to the back issues I’ve had one of my healthiest years of training and competing since 2010 or 2011.
What is the focus of your training schedule?
During the outdoor season my focus has been aimed at throwing far every time I step in the ring on competition days. That being said, I don’t have crazy periodization schemes or approaches to my general work outside the ring. I throw twice per week (one day of “higher” volume and another of “competition-like” volume). I try to lift something “heavy” and do something with a speed component once every 7-10 days. There is a lot of work put into general strength/aerobic circuits in the weightroom or with low intensive medball throws. I also put a lot of focus into recovery/rehabilitation/regeneration work.
The aforementioned throws volume was based on when I am completely healthy. During the competitive season, I usually compete on Saturday and use Sunday as a regeneration/recovery/general strength day (depending on how I feel). I usually do some sort of “heavier” lifting and speed work on Monday, throw on Tuesday (higher volume), chiropractic/massage/regeneration/recovery/general strength work on Wednesday, “heavier” lifting and speed work on Thursday (usually really low volume), throw on Friday (competition-like volume). Again I stress, these daily themes can change on a week to week basis depending on how my body feels, competition schedule, etc.
The throws volume I have figured out for myself recently is based off of how my body has handled various volumes in the past. I have four screws and a plate supporting the 5th metatarsal in my left foot. After suffering a fracture to the bone (Jones fracture) in 2006, I’ve had three surgeries on it and it still bugs me every now and then. That being said, although one could theorize that my body could benefit from more throws during the week, its simply too much of a cost for my foot (and other structures up the chain) to handle. When I would approach or exceed a certain number of throws per day, my foot simply wouldn’t like it. Ive limped away from practices more often than I have walked away from them. I have figured out that my foot can handle up to 25-30 full throws in a day. I use this number to guide my volume on the higher volume days. My competition-like volume ranges from 8-15 full throws. If I feel great, I keep it short. If I need a few more throws on a certain day, I allow them to an extent.
Is there anything new you are implementing into your training?
I don’t have much new to speak about. One of the things I’ve strayed away from is watching video of myself in the ring. In the past, I have micromanaged my throw to the point of exhaustion. During the winter months, I did quite a bit of video work. Since the outdoor season has began, I only watch video from my competitions. It seems I have broken through the handcuffs I was putting on myself, so to speak.
What technical issues are you working on?
I need continual work on being more patient throughout the entire throw. I tend to mash on the throttle too soon. I have also been working on landing on a lower right-leg in the middle while pre-turning the right-foot/leg prior to landing in the middle. This seems to assist in creating separation earlier in the throw for me. I’ve also been working on being more passive with the left-side. I tend to get impatient and open up the left-side way too early in the throw.
Where are you currently training?
I am currently spending a couple weeks in Newton, Iowa with family before I move to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to train with Doug Reynolds. He was my coach at Kentucky, and I look forward to joining forces again. That will allow me to train at the University of Alabama and work with him on a more direct basis.
Will you be attending any training camps at another site? If so, where and when?
I have no plans to attend any training camps at this time.
Are you currently working a job? If so, what and how many hours a week?
For the last four years I pay the bills as a dispatcher for a taxi company. Outside of my modest hourly wage, I have no benefits, no health insurance, no paid time off, no paid vacation, no savings/retirement plan … nothing. If I don’t work, I don’t make money. I take holidays off and am given time off to travel when I need to do so. I don’t take vacations or extended time off during the holidays. Im holding the hand that is holding me back, but if it wasn’t for that hand, I wouldn’t have a hand at all. Not only that, I have two degrees that aren’t having a single drop of ink being squeezed from them. I have my CSCS, USATF Level 1 coaching certification, and USAW sport coach certification that are also in my back pockets. I’ve been turned down for jobs and interviews and have also had to turn down jobs and interviews because of my career. It truly is a punishment that I have self-inflicted to continue to train, chase bigger throws, attempt to make teams… etc. But it is a punishment that I love dearly.
I also have my own private consulting business where I work with high school athletes in the throws.
What competitions do you have planned?
I am planning on competing at the World Championships if I make the team. I have no other competitions scheduled.
When will you travel to Asia?
If I make the team, I believe I will fly to Japan on the 18th of August; then travel to Beijing three or four days prior to the competition.
Will any friends or family be travelling to Beijing?
I do not have any friends or family traveling to Beijing.