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Good evening all!
My 50th birthday blessed me with fairly major surgery on my cervical spine, and I spent the summer recuperating. The doctor has cleared me to work my way back to "normal levels of activity," and I am doing all the therapy and working out I can to get back to where I was or better.
My question is particularly for those who have tread this path before me. While I am certain that I am not the first to carry both a sports shooting kit and a cane onto a football field, I imagine the club is fairly small. (at least I hope so!) To those who have come back from a major surgery or injury to shoot again, what tips can you offer? How has an injury changed the way you go about working the game?
Some of the things that I noticed or tried this past Friday night:
1 -- I could not stay as low as I wanted for as long as I wanted, nor as close to the action as I had in the past.
2 -- I don't move nearly as much following the play. Stayed at or near the end zone most of the night. That also meant not making it up to the press box, locker rooms, maneuvering into place for jube shots or running over to get the cheerleaders, etc.
3 -- Resting at halftime was mandatory.
4 -- Carrying gear on a Spider belt is a survival technique (Think Tank pouches fit!)
5 -- And just so that we are clear, SAFETY FIRST: the cane is there "just in case," and not anywhere near the field of play. By the end of the game, I did need it to get to the car.
Look forward to hearing your survival techniques!