“At your age you need to be careful to focus on that shoulder,” was the comment from Big John a Level 4 USA NTS Archery coach. He was right and I knew it. I’d been somewhat aware of the error I’d been making.
The mistake was laziness. It was easier to shoot having a weaker form. Doing it right, well I admit, hurt.
I’d slipped into the poor form not from a lack of practice but from an overuse injuries. I’d strained both my shoulders. I compensated and shot weakly.
It was clear both shoulders needed rehab. The joints needed to be strengthened. I’d been there in the past having more than once injured shoulders in other sports. This was a first in archery, but an old problem with a familiar ache.
The first step was rest. Then, slowly followed by more time in the gym. Eventually the gym time with specific exercises to improve both shoulders was doubled.
As we age we all run the risk of diminished muscle mass. That can lead to an increase chance of joint problems. In my 2020 plan there is double the amount of gym time compared to 2019. Gym training is my least favorite routine but a practice that has on more than one occasion paid dividends.