If you’re an avid archer or even a recreational or amateur one, there’s a good chance that you know someone who has suffered an injury from this sport. One of the most prevalent and reported injuries in the sport of archery is a condition known as archers elbow. It’s commonly described as pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow.
A study by the University of Toronto discovered that almost 20% of all archery participants will suffer an archers elbow injury at some point.
So what exactly is archers elbow and how does it happen?
Archer’s elbow is a repetitive strain injury that occurs on the outside of the elbow. Due to the repetitive nature of drawing the string back on the bow, the flexor and extensor elbow tendons are constantly under extreme pressure and strain. Although some archers will suffer their injury from a direct blow onto the elbow region from the string, it’s not that common.
The scary thing about people who suffer from archers elbow is that they rarely ever seek out medical advice for their injury. They simply believe that it’s just the result of drawing the bow and it’s just “normal” pain that everyone experiences. But the truth of the matter is that they actually do have an injury. An injury that if not treated properly will become totally debilitating and interfere with their most basic daily tasks and activities.
But here is some good news. Archers elbow, sometimes referred to as shooters elbow, is pretty much the same type of injury as and tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is the most commonly reported type of elbow injury where sufferers describe their symptoms as pain, tenderness and inflammation on the outside of the elbow.
Other tell tale signs that you have archers elbow or tennis elbow can include any one of the following:
- Elbow pain that increases when you grip an object.
- Pain that sometimes radiates down your forearm and into your wrist or fingers.
- You notice that your grip has been getting weaker in your affected arm.
- An increase in elbow pain when you shake someone’s hand, turn a doorknob or simply grip a coffee mug.
- Twisting activities of your arm causes severe pain and discomfort. For example, turning a screw with a screwdriver.
- Extending or flexing your wrist causes pain in your upper forearm and elbow.
- You have difficulty in straightening or extending your arm fully.
If any of the above symptoms sound all too familiar to you, then there is a good chance that you are suffering from archer’s elbow and/or tennis elbow. But I must issue a warning to you!
The biggest mistake that most sufferers make on how to treat archers elbow is taking the wait and see approach or simply choosing to mask their elbow pain by washing down fistfuls of anti-inflammatory pills on a daily basis. This is a recipe for disaster! The truth of the matter is that your archers elbow pain will get worse the longer you wait to treat it and the longer your recovery will take!
Archer’s and tennis elbow is actually quite simple to cure.
You don’t need to shell hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors or physio visits, wear bulky and restrictive elbow braces, bands or straps. Forget about getting painful cortisone shots or injections. Never worry about having to get invasive elbow surgery!
All it really takes to completely cure your archers and tennis elbow are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort and convenience of your own living room while watching your favorite television show – without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!