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Balance Workout

October 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

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One of the most common occurrences that leads to injury is losing your balance. When you start to lose balance, other muscles and ligaments quickly engage to try and regain your balance. Think of when you feel yourself starting to fall: your arms shoot out instantly, your entire body tenses up, and you start flailing around trying to keep from falling. When you do fall, your body is tight and you limbs are extended. All of this can lead to injury.

Balance is crucial for anyone in the backcountry. Traversing uneven, loose terrain requires a great deal of balance. A great way to prepare for this is to train for it. Continue Reading…

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(This is an article I recently wrote for goHUNT.com. To view all content, click the link at the bottom of the article)

Preparation is crucial to a successful hunt. We plan, pack proper gear, practice our shooting accuracy, watch our nutrition and train regularly to ensure that we have the best chance of success. Yet, if we are not careful, all of that preparation can be rendered meaningless if we get injured. Not only that, but the wrong injury at the wrong time in the wrong place could spell dire consequences. While injuries are a likely reality for someone who is active in the backcountry, there are some common causes of injuries that you can avoid as well as some proactive measures you can take to prevent injuries before they happen. In the event that an injury does occur, it is important to know how to deal with the injury to minimize further complications and get on the road to recovery. Continue Reading…

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

If you trainĀ long enough, you will experience an injury. There is just no way around it. However, there are certain steps you can take to prevent injury as well as recover from an injury. In the last year, I have had to recover from a broken arm (not training-related) and a strained biceps tendon in my shoulder (training-related). Both of these injuries involved significant care and protection to ensure proper healing. They both took time and medical intervention and would have only gotten worse had I not taken a break from training and focused on getting better. The last thing you need is to have your hunt affected (or even cancelled) because you didn’t take the time to properly heal from an injury. If you are dealing with an injury right now (or if you get injured in the future), here are a few things to keep in mind:
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Photo Credit: Art of Adventure

Photo Credit: Art of Adventure

When you are in the middle of a hunt, there is seldom a time when most of your muscles are not being engaged. Hunting is strenuous work and your legs, arms, shoulders, back, etc. are constantly working. However, there is one muscle group that is almost never at rest. Whether you are hiking up a mountain and maintaining your balance, laying down in a duck blind and coming up to take that quick shot, swinging your shotgun from one dove to the other in anĀ open field, or sitting on the side of a hill glassing the endless horizon, your core is always working and it needs to be conditioned accordingly.
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