Archery Arm Injuries Increasing in Kids & Teens
Between the popularity of films such as Pixar’s Brave and The Hunger Games series, there has been a marked increase of young athletes interested in taking up the ancient sport of archery. As such, medical professionals, such as board-certified Clinton Township arm injury expert Dr. Rehman, caution parents to educate themselves about the long-term risk of arm injury incurred by archery.
While it might seem as though the most common archery injury would be accidentally shooting one’s self or someone else with an arrow, injuries to the arm and shoulders are far more common.
Avoiding Archery Arm Injury
To avoid arm injury, young archers must have sufficient strength. To avoid arm injury, it is important that children interested in archery be strong enough to lift a bow and arrow and pull the bow string before enlisting them in archery lessons. Failure to do so can result in serious arm injury. Incorrect loading and notching of the arrow may also result in arm injury.
As with any sport, it is imperative that adolescent athletes interested in archery be well-versed in the proper techniques of the sport. Neglecting to do so can result in serious arm injury.
Improper Preparation Can Lead To Arm Injury
To avoid arm injury, it is crucial for beginners taking up any sport to be properly prepared. New archers in the Clinton Township area should undergo a doctor’s examination of their elbow, wrist, shoulder, and hand. When learning archery, it is essential that children have the necessary shoulder and arm strength. Beginner archers who have not undergone light strength training and stretching may later require the care of a board-certified arm injury doctor such as Dr. Rehman.
Child archers who do not prepare for the sport properly run the risk of serious injury to the arm. Any arm injuries or strains that last more than a few days should be brought to Dr. Rehman for evaluation and treatment.
Archery Can Result In Arm Injury to the Elbow
Extreme stress can be placed on the elbow tendons when archers draw the string of a bow. Firing a bow and arrow requires the bow arm’s elbow to be extended while the opposite elbow is flexed or bent. This can result in incremental inflammation to the tendons micro tears to the elbow tissue. Arm injuries such as these make shooting and gripping the bow painful, which may be relieved by resting and icing the injured arm, as well as through anti-inflammatories. This type of arm injury may also be reduced through stretching and strengthening the muscles of the forearm.
Archery May Also Result in Wrist and Hand Injury
Repetitive shooting may result in injury to the wrist and hands. Arm injuries such as these can include the loss of sensation or movement in the hands (neuropathy). Other arm injuries caused by repetitive shooting include carpal tunnel syndrome and a painful inflammation of the tendon’s in the thumb side of the wrist known as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis. By modifying training schedules, wearing protectives forearm bands and gloves, and using proper equipment, arm injuries such as these may be avoided.
Archers in the Clinton Township area who have experienced arm injury are urged to contact Dr. Rehman -Clinton Township’s leading arm injury doctor- to schedule a consultation for an evaluation and treatment of their arm injury.
Clinton Township’s Leading Arm Injury Doctor
Archers in the Clinton Township area who have experienced arm injury are urged to contact Dr. Rehman – Clinton Township’s leading arm injury doctor – to schedule a consultation for an evaluation and treatment of their arm injury.
As with most medical conditions, early detection, awareness, and a prevention or treatment plan is the most effective way to combat the effects of arm injury or damage from archery or other sports.
Doctor Rehman will assess your individual situation, and prescribe the treatments that are best for your condition.