Norfolk is known for it’s Pheasant shoots it is fantastic and truly is the UK’s top Shooting county, but the Recoil injuries to Neck and Shoulder are also a problem here for Game Shooters in Norfolk.
It has some world famous shooting venues including Sandringham, just ask the Queen and the Holkham Estate, we also have some great shoots in Broadlands, but it is that time again, when the pheasant can breath a sigh of relief and the pigeons will still take their turn. but things are slowing down on the shooting diary.
So now is the time to sort out the injuries that have occurred during the season, The Neck, and Shoulder injuries caused by Newton’s Third Law of Motion. That is for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Better know to those that shoot as Recoil this is the motion of the gun in the opposite direction to that of its projectile. The force is affected by the weight of the gun, the weight of the projectile, and, most notably, by muzzle velocity.
There are two phase’s to recoil the Primary and the Secondary, primary recoil begins momentarily after the primer is detonated, the ignited propellant rapidly creates an expansion of gas that overcomes the inertia of the shot charge and wad and accelerates them down the barrel, there is also a force of friction and air resistance to overcome.
The trouble to the person shooting the gun comes on The Secondary recoil the effects of which seem much smaller and starts when the ejector (pellets, wad and burnt powder) leave the barrel there is a sudden release of gas causing The gun to be pushed back much like a rocket.
Recoil is not just about the rearwards movement, but the body’s reaction to this movement in so much as it will cause, rotation about the axis of the shoulder when a gun is fired. This is because the centre line of the bore is above the shoulder line.
When this rotation effect occurs, the muzzle moves up and the cheek piece of the gun may be brought into abrupt contact with the Zygomatic bone, this is a bone of the human skull we know as the cheekbone.
At the same time the butt sole may slip from the shoulder (especially if it is poorly designed with a very inclined comb or, if the gun is being fired from an awkward or inappropriate position,) the term used is Face Slap, a trip to A&E may be the visiting place if this occurs.
For those more experienced and doing quite a lot of shooting, this will hold problems of its own with
Shoulder, Rotator Cuff, Rhomboid Muscles, causing Frozen or Dropped Shoulder or the Neck Muscles Sternocleidomastoid, Longus Colli , Longus Capitis,Suprahyoid muscles and Infrahyoid muscles. having the same effect as a whiplash injury
Here at Getfitstayfit Norfolk we are able to help keep you on form during the season and to help get you back to full fitness if the season takes it toll on you with a Neuromuscular Injury Therapy, Remedial massage and if you’re having problems with those deep muscles, we can help with the Bioneuro Therapy System.