How hard can I train after shoulder joint replacement surgery?

When thinking about firearms training, most people worry about the negative impact that their technique may have on their gun. However, there are instances when you need to think about the potential damage that the firearm could cause your body. If you have recently had shoulder joint replacement surgery, you will certainly need to take this into consideration.

When can you begin or resume training? How hard can you train? What can be done to protect yourself against further damage? Here’s all you need to know.

How soon can you start firearms training post-shoulder joint surgery?

The great news is that most users can use firearms after shoulder joint replacement surgery. Better still, the vast majority can get back to the shooting range as soon as the initial post-surgery healing protocols have been completed. So, you can probably expect to enjoy firing a gun within one month of surgery.

Studies have also shown that many gun owners have used both handguns and shoulder-mounted firearms on a frequent basis. Even firing in excess of 500 rounds in the first year has not shown a direct correlation to injuries. Ultimately, then, it is probably safe for you to pick up a gun once more – although you may wish to confirm this with your doctor.

What limitations should be put in place?

While it is OK to start using a pistol or shoulder-mounted firearms after surgery, you may need to adapt and act with caution. Firstly, you can start firearms training with a light handgun while carrying all items in a suitable carry case.

Crucially, you must accept that it may be better to limit your time with the gun. Perhaps the biggest danger stems from flinching as a result of the gun’s kicking action. With this in mind, shooting dry fire ammunition can be a useful option until your body feels natural with the gun once again.

For similar reasons, it’s probably best to focus on form and standing in the right stance rather than movement with the gun. It’s better to go back to basics and work your way back to where you were pre-surgery than cause another injury. 

Perhaps most importantly, you should limit your training time. Always give yourself a day of rest between heavier sessions. Throughout the early months, though, you may be better suited to light firearms training sessions that last no more than 30 minutes.

What else can be done to aid the post-surgery firearms training?

While the bulk of your firearms training adjustments will focus on what you do at the range or when actively training, you must not overlook the influence of external factors. Your lifestyle habits can significantly influence your return to full fitness. 

Weightlifting and other strength training exercises are ideal, as are routines built to improve the range of motion. However, you must take things slowly with gradual improvements over a six month period. When supported by good nutrition and a conscious effort to sleep in a comfortable position, you will be in a better place – physically and mentally.

Finally, you must learn to acknowledge any issues. If your body tells you that it’s time to take a few days out from training, listen to the signs. The last thing you need is another injury.

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