Archery is the practice of propelling arrows with the use of a bow to a target. Traditionally, archery has been used for hunting and warfare but it is now a major competitive sport and recreational activity.

Head flexion and cervical flexion, sidebending and rotation are necessary for positioning the head and lining up the eye with the arrow and the target. Thoracic and lumbar sidebending and rotation place the spine and body in the correct position for controlling the bow. Pulling on the bow involves scapula retraction, shoulder abduction and horizontal extension, and elbow flexion in one limb and elbow extension in the other and finger flexion. Hip extension and external rotation as well as knee extension and foot plantar flexion stabilise the lower limb for upper limb execution.

Stretching the muscles that contract, stretch their antagonists to allow movement and stretch the joint stabiliser and neutraliser muscles. For example stretch the wrist extensor muscles because they contract to stabilise the wrist during finger flexion.


Weekly stretching program for archery