A new study finds indoor archer range-landing times are much shorter than outdoor ranges, which is likely to have a direct impact on performance and fitness levels.
“Our study suggests that indoor arches have the ability to improve performance and reduce fatigue in indoor shooters, but this ability is not limited to indoor ranges,” lead author of the study, Mark Breen, said in a press release.
“Our findings suggest that indoor shooting should be a priority for indoor sport enthusiasts.”
According to the study’s findings, indoor ranges are much more prone to overuse than outdoor ones.
“We also found that indoor range-filling times were shorter than those found outdoors, which suggests that this is a performance-based issue, not a fatigue issue,” Breen said.
“The finding of reduced performance and fatigue is important for outdoor sport enthusiasts who want to maintain a stable and healthy body.”
Breen and his team used a variety of different indoor arcing methods to assess how long the indoor ranges can be maintained and how long it takes for the body to adapt.
The research found indoor arching could improve performance in indoor athletes with a range of around 4 feet, with indoor ranges between 4 feet and 6 feet long.
But this is still shorter than indoor ranges found outdoors.
“There is also an issue of range depth,” Bresh told ABC News.
“A range of 6 feet is not ideal for archers because they don’t have the range depth to be able to reach their target distance.”
While there are several factors that affect range depth, including distance, height and wind, the researchers found indoor ranges could be used for a variety more than just archery.
“While indoor ranges may be ideal for recreational purposes, they could be of greater use for competitive shooting,” Breden said.
“For competitive archers, they can be a significant improvement over outdoor ranges.”
As for how indoor ranges would affect indoor shooters’ performance, the study also found indoor shooters could use them to improve their archery accuracy.
“If they’re not using their indoor range, they’re using the outdoor range,” Bremen said of indoor arched shooters.
“When you get to the target, they use their indoor ranges, but they’re doing so without the range-loading.
If they are using the indoor range and they are training, they are doing so with a target on their back.”
To learn more about indoor archnemesis, check out the video below: