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I have recently started playing and have been practicing my throwing arm follow through. Is it normal to get pain in the arm and shoulder. Been practicing for about 2 weeks now?
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I would say nearly every single person here can tell you about some kind of pain they get. My achilles tendon and hip are my worst spots for pain. The arm has been pain free, likely due to my many years of playing sports with similar follow through (mostly the basketball shot, it nearly has an identical wrist snap follow through)

If you are brand new, it's because the motion is something you have never done before. As your muscles and joints develop, that should go away. If it doesn't go away, maybe you are snapping your elbow too hard and slightly hyperextending?

You should also probably be stretching your arm as much as possible to increase the flexability
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(02-09-2015, 09:21 PM)Jugger Wrote: I would say nearly every single person here can tell you about some kind of pain they get. My achilles tendon and hip are my worst spots for pain. The arm has been pain free, likely due to my many years of playing sports with similar follow through (mostly the basketball shot, it nearly has an identical wrist snap follow through)

If you are brand new, it's because the motion is something you have never done before. As your muscles and joints develop, that should go away. If it doesn't go away, maybe you are snapping your elbow too hard and slightly hyperextending?

You should also probably be stretching your arm as much as possible to increase the flexability

Spot on Jugger, couldn't have said it better
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(02-09-2015, 09:14 PM)zorro Wrote: I have recently started playing and have been practicing my throwing arm follow through. Is it normal to get pain in the arm and shoulder. Been practicing for about 2 weeks now?
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From what I have been told... it is normal for it to hurt the first time. Then, it starts to feel good.


In all seriousness, It depends on what kind of pain you mean.

Is it like a sharp pain that lingers?... or simply a soreness. My wife RARELY throws... we threw for about an hour the other night. For me, it was barely enough to warm up. Her arm was sore for 2 days after... and she's in great shape.

It is a movement she's not used to.
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Yep pain and soreness are normal when first starting, however severe pain is not
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Tx for advice. I do sit watching tv and do imaginary throwing, the mrs thinks i have lost the plot, may be down to my being 58! lol
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The same as your wifes milky, not too severe but enough to stop me having a full follow through
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(02-09-2015, 09:32 PM)zorro Wrote: The same as your wifes milky, not too severe but enough to stop me having a full follow through

Just rest a day or two... do some stretching. You'll be throwing for hours in no time
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Some of the answers made me actually laugh on my own - mainly because I do know what you guys are talking about! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.

As said, yes, especially when starting to throw or after not doing it for a long time, you'll get some serious soreness after an hour or two of throwing, that will last for a couple of days. After the first week it should be all OK though.

For me it's usually on the inside of my elbow where this soreness appears.

Like any sport, or pretty much anything else, if you're putting yourself into something as repetitive as the throwing motion of darts, when you're not used to that kind of movement, you should be expecting at least some good amount of soreness.

Stretching well before starting to even warm up will help. Also, during that first week, you could be doing it after you're done with your session as well.

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I dont know if anybody else gets this but even if i stretch out before starting to practice for the first leg or so my elbow clicks and a pain goes down my forearm it eases after a while but the next day i get a tingling numbness in my ring finger! Its getting to the stage i need ice packs after practicing??? Any surgestions
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That doesn’t sound like good news to me. If that was happening to me, I’d describe what was happening to my doctor and ask him what was going on.
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Yeah thanks i think im gonna go see my gp. I got a tens machine on at the minute giving that a go.
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Always ice your arm after if you have pain or tend to stiffen up. Only 10 minutes, wear a Tshirt. I use a bag of frozen peas. Don't go straight on the skin with the plastic bag -- too cold. Don't go too long, as other bad things happen.

I get pains in my shoulder, but a day's rest and a bit of icing stops that. It takes a lot more effort to get arm pains now. It was lower back at first. Now, I get numbness on the outside of my left thigh if I stand around too much.

Another thing that gives me arm pain ( shoulder exactly ) is if I *force* the follow through to the target, when the stance is misaligned with the target. IMO, the arm motion should be easy going, very repeatable, and require no active correction. Once you start forcing/correcting the follow through, you are working your rotator cuff way too hard. Afterall, you are holding your arm out, and moving it left/right -- that's all rotator cuff.

Pains in the front of the shoulder show a stance/stroke that is not aligned with the target. The exact location is found this way: make a thumbs up sign and do an arm curl until the thumb points to the shoulder.... that's where I get pain. If your pull back and push are not in the same plane, as I suspect mine is, you may get rotator pain.
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Thanks for the advise!! My problem seems to be with the follow through, i seem to over extend thus jolting my elbow. I hsve been stretching the muscles/ligaments before practice they seem to hold up for while but give it 2/3 or more hours and my arm is throbbing. I think i just need to moderate my practice sessions but god help me i just love the game and would go all night if my body would take it!!!
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