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I have thoroughly enjoyed shooting [sometimes MORE than once a day] in my back yard range. Dropped both bows to 61 lbs and liking it even more. Next bow [XT?] will probably be a 60 lb limb model.
ANYWAY,,when I read of posters here mentioning SHOULDER INJURY...I always wonder HOW they got injured....shooting their bow?..or some other cause?
Alan in GA.
hopefully healthy shoulders and r. cuffs forever..
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It's definitely smart to consider preventing injuries before they happen rather than wait.

The main thing that you can do is to warm up before shooting. There are even some elastic bands available at Lancaster for this purpose.

Second, there are rotator cuff exercises that you can do with the same elastic bands that will strengthen the muscles around the joint so that the joint will be more stable. You can find them on the internet. Do these 2 or 3 times a week

There are other exercises shown in the book by olympic archery coach Kisik Lee. The exercises that he puts his archers through are grueling, but it allows them to shoot 1,000 arrows a day with recurve bows. It takes years to build up to that point. They also have carefully researched form that prevents injuries.

As we age, we should all consider joint strengthening exercises. This is especially true for those of us with sedentary jobs. A day in front of the computer does not prepare us for shooting or any other active sport.

Good luck,
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