View Full Version : Archery, after a dislocated shoulder?

12-12-2012, 09:33 AM
Back in the summer I managed to dislocate my right shoulder. I was offered surgery to relocate the collarbone, but I'm not that keen on someone sticking knives into me, and for his part the surgeon was not that persuasive about the operation, so for now, I'll live with a bump on my shoulder.

I have just decided that my shoulder is 'normal' enough for me to start archery again which the specialist said was fine, and I wondered is anyone here has anyone been through this.

I have wound one of my Shadowcat's back a bit, so instead of my usual 60lbs, it's probably nearer 50 or maybe even a little less, and I'm shooting OK, even for an out of practice finger shooter, but the first 1/3rd of the draw up is pretty uncomfortable, and I'd just like to know if it goes away, or if its just something I'm going to have to live with.

12-12-2012, 10:37 AM
Dealing with any sports injury is tricky as no 2 are alike. In this case, it depends on the lvl of discomfort your experience. Some light discomfort is normal but you need to worry about any amount of actual pain. I would strongly recomend you drop the draw weight of the bow as much as possible. Try to find a draw weight were there is no discomfort and start from there. I would also do some light exercises with small weights or physical therapy exercise elastics. Even going to a physical therapist might be a good alternative to surgery.

Swimming is also great, no impact and easy to work the shoulders. Just remember , start slow, pain means stop, you should do fine.

12-12-2012, 10:50 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I don't do swimming, but the weights are a good idea.

I talked to the shoulder specialist at length when I had my final exam and he told me that there was nothing I had done before the accident that I couldn't do afterwards and I did specifically ask him about archery.

There is no real pain as such, and it is rather like all the other stretching and re-routing of muscles and tendons that I had to allow to settle after the dislocation, so I think slow and steady progress and work some weights in and we'll see how things go.

The other leisure activities that I asked the Doctor about and which I spend a lot of time doing are riding bikes (road and mtb) and horses, so a couch potato I'm not!