One specific story: Howard Payne (no relation) was a British hammer-thrower, who in the 1958 (at age 27) placed 4th in the Commonwealth Games. As with most hammer throwers,his performance declined with age and he quit competing. He then encountered the ALexander Technique. In 1974, at the age of 42, he establishe d a new personal best, beating his earlier throw by 10%! He attributed his phenomenal com-back to the Alexander Techniqe. "Balance is a vital aspect of good hammer throwing and getting the head, neck, spine and pelvis in the correct relationship enables the balance of the throw to come so much more easily. Once the balance is settled there is an enormous improvement in turning speed "
[Howard Payne, Commonwealth record hammer thrower]