Introduction to Archery
There are myriad of sports available in our planet. Most of these sports use ball as the main part of the game. From football, cricket, baseball to basketball, billiards, and volleyball, certainly most of the sports that we have are considered or can be categorized as ball games. But there are other sports that have unique equipment and materials used in the game. One of these sports is called Archery and it’s going to be the main discussion in this article. Definition wise, archery is a sport that utilizes your skills in using bow to shoot arrows. The word archery comes from the Latin word arcus which means ‘bow’ or ‘arch’. Today, Archery is one of the most played sports across the globe, for some, it is a leisure and an entertainment activity. But before it became the rage today, let us go back first to where and when this sport started.
History of Archery
Historically, archery has been utilized for essential activities in the late Palaeolithic or early Mesolithic periods such as combat and hunting. In Asia, some evidences suggest that Archery started even before or earlier 10,000 BC. But according to some studies, the sport has shown some evidences that it was used around the mentioned period of time. In our modern generation, Archery is largely competitive sport and recreational platform.
Archer is the word used to describe a person who participates in archer while toxophilite is the word used to call a person who is fanatic and expert at archery. Just like most of the sports, archery requires determination, accuracy, focus, repetition and control. This sport can be played by everyone regardless of age, gender, ability and it is widely loved and played by people from both developed and emerging countries.
Basically, to score in this sport, player just needs to shoot the target using a stringed bow. And to compute for the total scores, you just need to add up the number of points based on where the arrow hit the target, 10 is the highest score for an arrow hitting the gold ring while one point is the lowest score hitting outer the white ring and no score for arrows missing the target at all. In professional competition, players must be able to shoot 72 arrows in just 12 phases with the total of points depends the players ranking.
Basic rules of the game
Just like any other sports, archery is also bound by rules and regulations. To give you an idea on how this sport is being monitored, here are some of the basic rules of the game; players must use the prescribed equipment in the competition to avoid cheating and unfair scenarios. Players need to shoot the target in two minutes and four minutes for an end os six arrows.
With all the things and facts mentioned above about archery, it is fair to say that this sport requires accuracy, focus and most importantly strength in order to be successful on it. Hence, it is necessaty for beginners and expert players to do some excercises and physical training and activities to boost and strengthen your body allowing you to play in a good physical condition. But what are the archery excercises that you need to know? Worry not because this article will go through some of the excerices needed in playing archery.
One-Arm Dumbbell Row Back
The main objective of this exercise is to strengthen your middle back. When playing archery,n players use shoulders with the help of the muscles of your back. Hence, increasing the strength and force of your back will allow you to control your shots. Basically for you to do this, you just have tonpalce your leg and bend your trso in line with the floor with your upper body. Secondly, keep your back straight as you pick p the dumbell with the other hand and keep the other one straight.
One-Arm Side Laterals Shoulder
Focusing on to the target in doing archery requires strength in your shoulder muscles. Thus, exercising you shoulders is a key factor in being successful in the game. This exercise is very basic as you just have to hold a dumbell using your one hand while the other hand should hold onyo a surface such as a table or bence. Do it repetitively and you’ll get the right strngth for your arm.
Another exercise to strengthen your shoulder and arms is pull ups. This is one of the most known exercises across the world. Hence, it is indeed very helpful in archery. While this exercise can be a tough exercise, it is considered as an excellent workout for atheletes. Simply, just grab the bar with your hands and pull yourself up until your chest is in line with the bar. You can do this repetoitively to practice and to get yourself get used to it.
Dumbbell Alternate Bicep curl
Shoulders are not only the muscles or part of your body that need to be strengthen. Your biceps should also be excercised to help you to accurately and strongly pull higher draw weights in archery.
Bench Dips Arms
After biceps, it is now turn for your triceps to be strengthen using bench dips arms. This can be done without any equipment such as dumbbell. Place a table behind you ald looking away from it, you hold onto the tip of your hands. Your arms must be fully extended forward. Then you should lower your body down at the elbow til your upper arm are at a 90 degree angle.
Archery is indeed not an easy sport. But it is fun and exciting. Hence for you to be successful in this sport and to totally enjoy yourself with it, you must be able to prepare your body through exercises that are helpful in strengthening your shoulders, biceps and triceps that are essential in archery. With this, you will be able to unleash your archerypower.