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NeilMac
03-31-2014, 02:30 AM
Not sure this is the right place, but I'm sure the mods can move it if I have got it wrong.

I have been a regular archer for a long time and shot in 3D / field type competitions to a good level in the not too distant past.

A little over a year ago I took a fall from a mountain bike and dislocated my right collar bone. I have chosen not to have it operated on, and was advised by a shoulder specialist that I could do anything after the dislocation that I did before.

I am a finger shooter and I usually pull around 60lbs. But I have turned my spare bow down to 50lbs in order to try myself out. I can draw and shoot a 60lb bow, but after a few shots my right shoulder blade feels uncomfortable.

I am just about to start training myself back to competition level and will be starting to use the 50lb bow, so I'm asking if anyone else has had a similar injury and if so, did you get back to your previous level? And how?

Any other training advice related to a damaged right shoulder would be welcomed.

Thanks,
Neil

P.s. Don, if you read this Hi!

Don B
03-31-2014, 09:15 AM
Neil,
Is it awesome to see you back.
Take it real slow so you heal the right way.
What kind of things are you doing to build your shoulder?
I am still on the mend from my rotatorcuff surgery.
Don.
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NeilMac
03-31-2014, 09:43 AM
Hey Don,

I think my shoulder is as healed as it's going to get.

I was told four weeks after my fall that I could do anything I did before, I mentioned to the Doctor that I was an archer, he said it was fine, but my shoulder said otherwise.

I decided not to push it, so have been riding my horse and my bikes (bicycles), and just letting things find their own place for a little over a year. I have picked up the bow a few times, and found after a while I was not getting the feeling of tendons and such moving about in my shoulder, so this season I thought I'd start to build things up again and see if I couldn't get back to a few competitions.

I have loosed a dozen arrows or so with my 50lb bow, and it all feels good, so my plan is to work on my technique, while slowly winding the poundage up on the bow, but I was hoping to find someone on the forum who had maybe done something similar and who could advise me. Otherwise, like you say, I'll just take my time and make it up as I go along.

When did you have surgery? And how's the recovery coming along?

elkslayer4x5
03-31-2014, 10:21 AM
I had a torn rotator cuff, and a bone spur, after the repair and removal of the bone spur, went to physical therapy, and for the first couple of weeks saw a lot of incresed mobility, but once my shoulder was strong enough to handle drawing a bow, I got lazy with full range of excerises that I was supposed to be doing. Spent too much time shooting a bow ( according to the phys therapist ) which slowed my recovery to a full range of motion. Still sometimes difficult to raise my arm and elbow above my shoulder, but am able to draw and shoot traditional gear again. At my draw length, my 45# recurve weighs 54#s.

Sonny Thomas
03-31-2014, 10:44 AM
Not sure this is the right place, but I'm sure the mods can move it if I have got it wrong.

I have been a regular archer for a long time and shot in 3D / field type competitions to a good level in the not too distant past.

A little over a year ago I took a fall from a mountain bike and dislocated my right collar bone.

Dislocated collar bone? Never heard of that. Broke, yes.... And I think your doctor is a quack... I can't imagine trying to make your body do anything when pieces are out of place...

Long time, Neil. Hated to see come back injured though...

NeilMac
03-31-2014, 11:02 AM
Very common over here amongst Rugby players and I have a big bump on my right shoulder to prove its dislocated. For those that don't know Rugby is a little like American Football, except without the body armour.

In my case I high sided my mountain bike, helped by a car that forced me onto a gravel verge. I went straight up, turned 180 degrees and came straight back down again still cleated onto the bike. The landing was like something out of a cartoon, except it made a kind of dull thud accompanied by a "fuuuuuu" noise coming out of me.

When I took my cycle jersey off at the hospital, the nurses eyes nearly fell out, as apparently I had a type 4 dislocation. I think this means the shoulder joint and shoulder blade are pushed back and the collar bone is sticking straight up. Anyway, it's rare and quite impressive.

Everything is back where it should be now, and I have both full strength (needed at times to hold my horse back), I also have full rotation... and a bump where my collar bone should connect to my shoulder blade.

As for my Doctor... over here you get what you're given with our wonderful National Health Service.

tailofdog
04-26-2014, 12:00 AM
When I dislocated my shoulder I, suffered for a long time.
Light bench presses was the cure for me.

NeilMac
04-26-2014, 12:26 AM
That's interesting, I'll look into that. Thanks.