Target archery is an all inclusive sport so can be enjoyed by children, older people and the less than physically able. There is a level and involvement for everyone. But don’t let me wax lyrical about how inclusive a sport archer is, meet Martin Douglas who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and let him tell you how archery has helped him deal with this condition and how in fact, mild autism has made him a better archer.
Participation in archery is possible with all types of disabilities and impairments and perhaps the most difficult one can imagine, being blind, is also no bar to involvement as there is a thriving organisation called British Blind Sport which promotes archery among many other disciplines. Visually impaired archers use what is described as a tactile sight to help them take aim in case you are wondering.
Archery has a place for all age groups from the young to the elderly and embraces a whole range of archers in between including those with disabilities as well who compete on a level playing field with their fellow archers – it is one of the most inclusive sports.
More than just the mind
So is target archery really a physical sport?
If it is possible for the young, the old and the less physically able to participate in it, does target archery offer any physical benefit to the participant?
Yes it does.
The connection between mind and body welfare has already been discussed but target archery does offer many purely physical benefits including:
- The development of upper body strength through the shoulders, chest and arms
- Hand co-ordination and control
- Balance and co-ordination
- Core strength and endurance
- Calorie burning
- Weight loss and enhanced body shape and posture
- Improved mood and well being from endorphin release
Target archery is a year round sport which promotes the benefits of the great outdoors and the friendship and camaraderie of others before you even lift a bow to take a shot.