People have been using bows and arrows for centuries.
At first it was used for hunting purposes but now it has evolved into a sport and hobby for many people.
But like anything, injuries are part of the sport.
An elbow disorder such as archer’s elbow can occur to anyone who uses a bow and arrow whether it be for recreational hunting purposes or for sport.
Not many people are attentive to the fact that there is a proven way to treat your injury in 24 hours or less and
It doesn’t cost a cent.
We’ll get to that in a minute but …
Here’s the thing:
Participating in archery for fun or competition can leave your elbow aching.
Amateur, recreational and/or Professional bow hunters/shooters alike are equally at risk of developing archer’s elbow.
It is very common to tennis elbow where you have pain and tenderness on the outer part of your elbow.
A sports injuries in archery study at the University of Toronto discovered that 17% of all archery participants end up suffering with some form of extensor or forearm tendon problems at some point during their lifetime.
Repetitively drawing the bow back is a huge factor as to why so many people in the sport suffer from upper body injuries, especially ones that impact the elbow.
If you use a finger sling, this can also give you trouble.
For the simple fact that on release, the sling travels forward at “light speed” and can catch the bow.
This can cause the bow to jerk forward increasing the load on the forearm flexors, extensors and tendons on the follow through.
2 Simple Tricks You Should Implement Right Now:
1) Bow Weight
The weight of your bow(not the physical weight) can be a huge factor when it comes to this elbow injury.
This is the poundage of the bow when it is pulled to 28 inches.
Hauling back on the string of your bow beyond 28 inches increases the poundage and weight.
The vice versa also applies, hauling back less than 28 inches decreases the poundage.
Dropping it down even 1lb can make a huge difference.
Here is a chart for reference:
2) Grip Placement
Next you need to look at your grip placement on the bow.
The correct gripping technique for your bow is with your knuckles at 45 degrees and your elbow ever so slightly rotated outwards.
Bypass the common misconception of going in to shake hands with your bow.
What the shaking hands grip does is force your grip to land off centre which can result in your bow twisting upon release of the arrow.
The shaking hands technique can often lead to individuals over gripping their bow.
A choking grip on your bow can result in more tension and pressure on your elbow tendons, not to mention to excessive torquing and twisting of your bow upon arrow release.
Here is a video that can help you with your grip:
What exactly is archer’s elbow, how do you treat it?
Archer’s elbow is a repetitive strain injury that impacts and affects the extensor tendon the outside of your elbow.
As I mentioned earlier:
The movement and action of drawing the string of your bow back repetitively involves much force, strength and power.
Your forearm flexors, extensors and tendons are pretty much maxed out when you are trying to steady your bow before release.
Upon release of the arrow, all of the force from the bow travels into your elbow.
Your elbow has to act as a shock absorber.
Many archers shoot upwards of 100 arrows per session.
This should be no surprise to you that this can take it’s toll on your body, especially your forearms and outer elbow.
Did you know that your outer elbow pain can be erased using these 5 steps?
Here’s the thing:
The majority of individuals who enjoy this sport, think that popping a few pills and icing their arm is the way to treat their archers elbow.
It’s easy to get sucked into these temporary, symptomatic relief “remedies” but what you really need is a permanent cure and fix so you can continue shooting arrows – pain free!
But here is some good news.
Keep in mind that archers elbow is exactly the same injury as tennis elbow.
Literally different names but the way in which you develop these conditions is the same.
As with archers elbow, tennis elbow is known for discomfort and pain on the outside of the elbow.
But that’s not all:
Consider the following warning signs and symptoms, any of them ring a bell?
- Holding down tightly and squeezing any object causes the pain in your elbow to increase.
- Soreness which infrequently travels down your forearm and into your wrist or fingers.
- A noticeable decrease in grip strength.
- The use of hand tools such as screwdrivers or hammers results in an increase in elbow pain.
- Straight out of bed in the morning, your affected arm feels stiff and it hard to straighten without experiencing pain.
As you can see, the signs of archers and tennis elbow are almost identical.
So what works best as far as treatment goes?
Here is what you must understand:
When you develop a tendon injury, no amount of anti-inflammatory pills or elbow braces will actually help you recover.
Other so called treatments that your Doctor may suggest can include cortisone injections.
If you are like so many others who long for that “quick fix” and want only 4 weeks of pain relief, then these painful shots in the arm can be beneficial.
As for a long term solution, injections are not the way to go.
To be brutally honest with you, they can make your condition worse.
The only way in which you can continue with your archery and heal at the same time is by implementing a Doctor approved treatment program.
It includes a specific set of techniques and healing remedies that you can do at home and still continue shooting your arrows!
One more thing:
It only takes 5 minutes every other day to do and there is no exercise equipment required.
You can get all the details in this short video tutorial.