Off Hand Shooting Stance = Joint Problems?

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Off Hand Shooting Stance = Joint Problems?

Post by Guest on 2/5/2017, 10:45 am

On another forum someone said that BE shooters are prone to joint problems and bone spurs. 
The idea is that locking your elbow (he said) is hard on your joints/bones, 
but bent elbow Weaver/Isocoles is OK.
Any truth to this? Any long-time BE shooter here have "damage" from years of offhand shooting?
Not that this would stop me...

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Post by Wobbley on 2/5/2017, 10:58 am

I think the real danger is Tennis Elbow from hyper extending tendons.
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Post by Jon Eulette on 2/5/2017, 11:41 am

Well I've been doing this a long time. I have no bone spurs. I have battled tendonitis in my elbow on and off but I really can't blame shooting BE for it. I think wirst thing about BE is that it uses one side of the body. I guess asymmetrical. We use same arm over and over. We lean one direction repeatedly. My spine is crooked as hell from all the shooting I've done. So training one side of the body isn't a good thing.......but I do it ;l)
I think if we approach BE from a more natural position (more upright) and not forcing the hold so hard in the elbow that we can reduce the strain. Weight training is crucial but majority of shooters don't do it. So finding a balance is important.
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Post by SteveT on 2/5/2017, 3:07 pm

I've only seen 2 common maladies in bullseye shooters, tennis elbow and old fat guy syndrome. The former can be exacerbated by shooting the latter is correlation, not necessarily causation.

The only time I've experienced tennis elbow was when I was going for my distinguished badge and shooting lots of hardball. My elbows are hyper-extended which I think makes it worse. Rotating my elbow so that it is facing up and tennis elbow stretching exercises made it go away. Getting my badge and not shooting as much hardball also helped.
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Post by LenV on 2/5/2017, 7:28 pm

I resemble that. Do I have to give up shooting to lose weight? Wouldn't do it though. Smile

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Post by willnewton on 2/5/2017, 7:53 pm

Len, the skinny shooters will never appreciate the benefit of a built-in recoil dampening system.  Don't let our secret out.  Wink
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Post by Lightfoot on 2/8/2017, 4:56 pm

Fishing and shooting are my "sports"  no weight training or conditioning required.  I would like to shuck 40lbs though.  Not willing to lop off a limb to do it though.  haha!
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Post by rich.tullo on 2/8/2017, 5:21 pm

Avoid Ergo Grips 

Do not practice too much 100 rounds of 45 acp is my limit, 50 rounds 2 twice a week is my limit

Shoot lead, 185s less than 4.0 BE loads or equivalent 

Stretch you arms and wrists often

Learn how to hang the gun off your frame as described in Yur Yev's book

Listen to your body, if you get pain after a 900 don't shoot a 2700 call it quits

Motrin

These things helped me I am no master but I have nerve damage from an accident and I can hold the 9 ring.
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Post by Guest on 2/25/2017, 5:30 pm

SteveT wrote:I've only seen 2 common maladies in bullseye shooters, tennis elbow and old fat guy syndrome. The former can be exacerbated by shooting the latter is correlation, not necessarily causation.

The only time I've experienced tennis elbow was when I was going for my distinguished badge and shooting lots of hardball. My elbows are hyper-extended which I think makes it worse. Rotating my elbow so that it is facing up and tennis elbow stretching exercises made it go away. Getting my badge and not shooting as much hardball also helped.

I am an old fat guy in training. Getting there...

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