Injuries from excessive Bow shooting

Smarr28

Button Buck
Has anyone hurt their shoulders from excessive bow shooting/working out? If so, how long was your recovery and did you need to be seen by a doctor? New to the archery seen, and I believe I may have over done it.


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perfectroadglide

Six Pointer
No mention of your draw weight, but if you struggle to pull your bow you've got too much. Most archers make shots shorter than 40 yards, most within 25 yards. Today's technology has made shooting low weight bows much more efficient. In a seated position you should be able to smoothly pull back your bow without straining and jerking. In my thirty's I pulled 70 lbs. Now in my sixty's I pull 55 lbs. No pains, no struggles, no problems.
 

timekiller13

Twelve Pointer
In my younger days I would develop tendinitis or bursitis from shooting too much. That was back when it wasn't uncommon for me to shoot a couple hundred arrows a day. Normally, I would take a couple weeks off from shooting, keep up a good rotation of anti-inflammatories and do some stretching/band workouts and that would help it go away.

Now, I am smart about my shooting. I never shoot more than 25 arrows in a practice session. No need for anymore than that.
 

Infamous1

Four Pointer
Guy that taught me alot about bows always sat down in a chair, knees together and drew the bow after several shots. Thats how I do it also. I draw 52lbs on a compound and have taken several deer at that weight. I use a decoy in my back yard and try to shoot a dozen arrows a day every day off of my elevated front porch when I am ramping up to bow season. Usually takes me some tiger balm, advil and a few days off when I overdo it.
 

Aaron H

Twelve Pointer
Contributor
I missed the entire bow season last year due to a shoulder injury. I mostly shoot recurve bows and had been in the habit of shooting 30-100 arrows nearly every day for about half of the year and a bit less often the rest of the year. My injury happened not from shooting but from wrangling our sheep that we raise. At any rate, even lifting a 3 pond recurve to shooting position hurt way too much to even think of drawing it. As the bow season was almost over I went to see a massage therapist. I went 5 times over 5 weeks and she fixed me! Those 5 visits were followed by 3 or 4 more spaced 2 weeks apart and now I have full range of motion and am shooting my bows again. I have, however, limited each session to about 3 dozen shots at most and sometimes only 12 shots.... just to not risk overworking the shoulder. I would add that my compound is set at only 50 lbs and none of my recurves are over 45- most being around 40lbs.
 

longrifle

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
I'm fighting a complete shoulder replacement right now. It was most likely induced by years of shoving metal panels over my shoulders up roof planes by myself but 6 years of shooting competitively with a longbow probably didn't help it any.....
 

JJWise

Eight Pointer
I don’t think I’ve ever hurt myself from archery practice, other than the time a broadhead clipped my finger. Although, I’ve been putting about 300 rounds a week through my 12ga on the skeet range, and I think I’ve done something to my wrist.
 

np307

Four Pointer
Has anyone hurt their shoulders from excessive bow shooting/working out? If so, how long was your recovery and did you need to be seen by a doctor? New to the archery seen, and I believe I may have over done it.


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I had a little mishap drawing back where I stopped short and had the string jerk forward. It didn't feel great but I shot a couple more arrows and they were wildly off target so I quit shooting for the day. Didn't shoot for a week because my shoulder was stiff. Reminded me of the winter throwing sessions when I played baseball. Thankfully nothing worth seeing a doc about and I'm back to shooting now.
 

Greg

Old Mossy Horns
I shoot about 100 arrows per session twice per week from my recurves. From fall to Feb, with a 35 lb draw weight, from March to fall with a 55 lb draw weight. Add in about 30 arrows per week from my 65 lb compound. Also lift fairly heavy 3x per week. I may feel sore or tired, but thank God, no injuries that keep me from shooting.
 

Dolfan21

Eight Pointer
if you are new to the sport and already sore I assume you are shooting a weight that is a little too high. if you was a reasonable weight you shouldnt have any issues unless you had a pre-existing issue with that shoulder already. If that is the case you might want to give a crossbow a shot.
 

oldest school

Old Mossy Horns
Has anyone hurt their shoulders from excessive bow shooting/working out? If so, how long was your recovery and did you need to be seen by a doctor? New to the archery seen, and I believe I may have over done it.


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I was shooting too much weight and decided to do continuous curls to build up.
that one extra curl one day stretched a tendon in my elbow that i can now feel come across the bone every time i flex it. Hurt like hell then, no pain now.
Point is you can over do anything be it shooting or working out.
though you can argue that they should be illegal for all but handicapped and youngsters xbows do give you the close range adventure with less physical complications.
 

Papa_Smurf

Ten Pointer
Contributor
This may go without saying but make sure you are using proper technique also. It may not just be the draw weight, but how you are pulling it back. I know when i first started shooting bows i was flat out doing it wrong until i had some guidance.
 

Slong

Four Pointer
I tore my rotator cuff while holding a on a deer. Had no idea what popped in my shoulder but it hurt. Likely that it was ready due to years of abuse. Also gave me an excuse for a xbow.

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darkthirty

Old Mossy Horns
I did about 2 months of physical therapy for a slightly torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder about 8 years ago. It was from bowfishing so much. I was going 3-4 times a week and I’d say averaged pulling bow back 175-200 times every trip. Last year, had rotator cuff surgically repaired and now currently, my AC joint is packed with cortisone due to arthritis in it. I honestly think all my right shoulder issues came from bowfishing........a lot........
 

Lucky Clucker

Old Mossy Horns
Due to my shoulder and back problems, I only shoot my bow about 10 times before the season,make sure pins are right and have confidence, I also,he nt more,with a crossbow.
 

Greg

Old Mossy Horns
One of the best ways to improve your archery shooting is to strengthen your upper back. The best exercises for your upper back are pullups and inverted rows. They also hit your shoulders and biceps.
 

sky hawk

Old Mossy Horns
Contributor
I had recurring tendonitis in my elbow from shooting my recurve 50-70 times a day. I found out that's too many shots, and I just had to quit completely for a long time. It's hard to stop with a recurve, when you know just one more round and you can bury them all in the zone.
 

QBD2

Old Mossy Horns
I simply don’t shoot that much anymore. I generally shoot like crazy the first year I have a bow. But once I learn it, there’s no point in shooting that much.

My practice for this year started last week. I shoot one arrow per day from 60 yards, then I go back in the house.
 
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