Archery Anatomy by Ray Axford looks for the first time at archery techniques from the point of view of the interrelationship between the anatomy of the human body and the anatomy of the bow. By highlighting the primary power sources involved in the performance of the sport it enables coaches and archers alike to understand and perfect their skills in ways that use the natural movements of archer and bow in co-ordination.
Reprinted eight times, Archery Anatomy is the key book for the budding archer. Previous books have emphasised, quite rightly, the importance of the right mental approach to the sport – concentration, determination, motivation and visualisation. However, mental powers on their own are not enough to guarantee a good performance. Archery is a natural psychophysical motor skill that depends on efficient use of bones, joints, muscles and tendons. Archery Anatomy combines clear, accurate drawings and diagrams with explanatory text to provide a primer on the subject that is accessible even to those with no technological bias.
The book is not tied to any specific national or international rules; it can be used by archers throughout the world to gain an understanding of the bio-mechanics of the sport. Originating from the author’s awareness that the basic problems of most archers stemmed from their ignorance of these aspects, it should make an invaluable contribution to the overall improvement of performance standards.
Ray Axford took up archery in 1975 and qualified as a County Coach in 1982. He has coached throughout the South of the UK and has also lectured widely on human anatomy and biomechanics. He has provided illustrations for the National Coaching Manual and has written and illustrated articles for archery magazines.
“This is a book which everyone involved with the coaching or instruction of archery should possess, including those at the receiving end… The subject-matter and its presentation are such that they will still be valid for half a century hence, and probably for much longer.”
‘The British Archer’
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