Injury lay-off strengthens Barrett Jr
At this time last year, Warren Barrett Jr was enjoying a super season in the shot put at Calabar High School.
Unfortunately, a hand injury has put Barrett out of the ring. Now a first-year student at the University of the West Indies, Barrett is waiting patiently to step back into the circle. The wrist went last summer.
"My wrist has been bugging me ever since I started throwing. It seems that it just kinda had its time, and the nature of the injury is that the tendon came off my bone so the doctor said approximately six months to a year I'll be out, but I'm optimistic I might return before the end of the season," he told STAR Sports at last weekend's Carifta Trials.
He isn't waiting idly. Following a plan outlined by throws expert Julian Robinson, he is adding some bulk and muscle to his frame.
"I've actually put on some size because my coach and I had a discussion, saying that there's no world-class shot putter who is 210 or 220," he said.
His weight has moved from about 212 pounds last year to 225 pounds.
He has gained more than weight.
"I've got stronger and everything but I just haven't been throwing because of my wrist," he said.