Injuries and age

Discussion in 'General Dart Talk' started by Erik, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Was thinking today about the trouble I've had with my right shoulder and how it has impacted my darts. With that I was thinking that my age isn't helping. I'm in my 50's and don't heal as fast as I used to and that seems to be a problem.

    Before injuring my shoulder I was posting practice results well above my previous highs yet today, more than a month after my injury and still with pain in my shoulder I can't keep better than 70% of my darts in the segment I'm tossing at and it's infuriating!

    My steel game was going well and my softtip game was starting to be what I'd call 'respectable' but today I've slipped below any semblance of a 'decent' dartplayer (in my mind) and it's killing me!

    I'll keep at it but am wondering what other players in their 50's or 60's feel about this subject? Is it just me? Or are these old bones just not going to produce the darts they used to?
  2. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    Heck, I'm in my early 40's and I feel that way. My biggest issue is that I'll have moments where I'm really on and just dropping in the triple and double like they're two feet wide. Then, the next few legs, I can't hit water if I fell out of a boat!

    My lower back gets sore. My feet really bother me now a days too (plantar fasciitis). When I have a bounce out, it's a strain to bend over and pick up the dart if I've been playing for a while. I think I've gotten too stiff in my stance or maybe I'm tensing up too much. But telling yourself "just relax and don't do that" doesn't seem to work that well. Old, bad habits that's I got over time trying to physically fix a mental hitch and now they are causing more issues than what they were put in place to fix!
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  3. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Shot some G3 Online today and to emphasize a point I hit only 6 out of 15 games above 3mpr!!! It was quite frustrating. Then I reset, changed my throw a little and was hitting well until the last leg when I lost focus and couldn't keep it up.

    Had the back cracker adjust my back which helped my right hip that was hurting and my shoulder felt better but sheesh! Was only a little over a month ago I could average just under 4mpr!

    My G3 online rating is now 2.99mpr! I just keep going lower which is not the direction I expect to go LOL
  4. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    I'm older than you, but I'm getting younger! :twisted:

    I've learned that there are real methods and supplements to lower your biological age and have the abilities of someone much younger than your actual age.

    Over the last few months, I've started some things and feel MUCH better. As soon as I get things going well enough to start adding healthy exercise - watch out! :wink:
  5. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    Wait! You can't come on here sounding like an infomercial talking about the "methods and supplements to lower your biological age" and tell us they're working great for you and not tell us what they are?!?!?! Human Growth Hormone? GNG supplement? Grass root and veggies? Enquiring minds wanna know! lol
  6. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    Sure I can! :lol:

    Ok one of the e-mailing lists I'm on is for a Dr. Al Sears out of Florida who has worked a lot on anti-aging.

    I'm also learning more about Chinese Energetics (in the past I've been a certified hypnotherapist and a third-degree Reiki Master Teacher so I've seen a lot of woowoo and alternative medicines).
  7. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    There are definitely things that can help. ACT for example was great but at $1 a drink I gave it up
  8. Squiggle

    Squiggle Active Member

    I'm sure this was covered on here at some point in time, but have you ever used hypnotherapy to help with dart focus issue. Either as the therapist or the patient? I suffer from a slight case of adult ADD and I feel like I have trouble staying focused and concentrating on what I'm doing at the oche. I've considered hypnotherapy for it.
  9. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    Absolutely! I've found it to be very... HEY!!! SQUIRREL!!!!!! :lol:
  10. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    After breaking a toe (crushed it with a big log) and tearing my shoulder some more (or just re-injuring it) I am reminded of this thread! My darts kinda suck but I'm not giving up! LOL

    Hurts to 'toe' the line (literally but it's my left so it's not too bad) and throw but I will continue.
  11. davidsproull

    davidsproull Member

    I know in the past you have talked about putting heavy amounts of time on the board. Maybe give yourself some more off days/rest time?
  12. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    LOL the more off days I have the worse I throw....the more I practice, the better I play.

    But it's all good! I haven't thrown much in the last 2+ months actually. Just barely hitting the board and playing league once a week.

    I did however play in the Parity draw last night and managed to get into the top four. Not sure how many teams there were (not many -- as in maybe a dozen) but being handicapped and a parity draw I am always happy to make my way up the ladder into the top four these days ;)

    And, as usual, got stopped by a 6 playing with a 1 (I'm a 12 and was playing with a 1) who played as well as me half the time and better the other half! and in our cricket game I was shooting nearly 4mpr when combined with my partner who was shooting well under 1mpr :D So while I struggle with those in the soft world who (manage to) rate half what I am (and I'm not happy with my rating frankly) and then step up and play like more than double that all night long when money is on the line -- and celebrate when beating a better rated player as if it's the world series and they are playing straight up! lol

    I always think "ok bub, let's go one on one, you and me, no handicap and put money on the line and see how that works out ;) - oh and after we are done your rating will match what you play against me!"....ya, never happen :D
  13. Erik

    Erik Site Owner Staff Member Site Admin Site Moderator

    Here's one for ya: I drove about 8hrs straight on Tuesday, then yesterday my left forearm near the elbow started to hurt as well as my left hand (I drive left handed most of the time) today the tendons in the elbow are tight and painful....good thing it's not my throwing arm! But sheesh! COME ON! It was only driving.
  14. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    Without getting too “out there” I thought something I’ve begum doing might be appropriate to mention here. Setting up I begin with lead foot at 45 degrees and centered on the oche. Standing tall, eyes level and looking perpendicular to the board I begin by turning my head as far as comfortable toward the board. When it gets strained I release my shoulders to finish turning to look directly at the board. Then this acronym, BEAST (Balance, Eye, Arm, Straight back, follow Through).
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  15. CraigB

    CraigB Best looking Craig B in the forum! $:-{P> Staff Member Site Admin

    While Erik may be younger than me in actual years, his are more like dog years... :D

    (Last week I drove from Vancouver to Ontario and back without ever seeing a single Canadian! Of course, it was Vancouver WA to Ontario OR... Had to do a job in Nyssa so a bit over 820 miles in two days, but I feel great! ;) )
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  16. VanO

    VanO Moderator Site Moderator

    My grandfather always said that it’s not the years it’s the mileage!:D
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