I know that many of us spend a good bit of time patterning our turkey guns. That subjects us to the forces of recoil and all of its subtle and not so subtle effects.
I recently spent several weeks in physical therapy due to the effects of torque on my back from shooting so many full-power turkey shotshells.
Many of you are familiar with Patrick Flanigan, exhibition shooter for Winchester. What very few people know is that he recently experienced what could have been a career ending injury. For the first time, he discussed that injury with me and shared some advice that could be helpful to all shooters in helping us prevent similar problems.
I believe that to be important enough to encourage each of you to read his comments at: http://allaboutshooting.com/article_inf ... les_id=250
Many of us who have or still participate in other sports would not think of doing so without warming up and stretching but we routinely go hunting or shooting without even considering doing that.
I hope that Patrick's comments will encourage you to treat the hunting and shooting sports like any other and also to pass that along to new shooters of all ages.
It's just harder to get rid of pain that it is to prevent it.