Getting started in Disability Shooting
What is a desirable characteristic?
Each sport has specific demands that are unique to that particular sport. These range from components of fitness (e.g. speed and power), to body type characteristics (e.g. tall or short) and many more. Each person may be better at some sports than others based on how well they ‘match’ the profile of that sport.
Looking at the desirable characteristics of each sport, may help to inform you about which sports may (or may not) be suitable for you. However there is no guarantee and there are always exceptions to the rule!
Just like able-bodied shooting, disability shooting is a highly skilful sport requiring pin-point accuracy and precision. If you are interested in competing at an elite level then matching the desirable characteristics below may help.
Some general skills that are required for success in shooting are:
Although shooting takes place in a stationary position and involves little movement, fitness is still an important aspect. Some basic desirable components of fitness for shooting are:
- Strength – to raise and support the gun for long periods of time
- Endurance – perform for extended periods of time
- Balance – Maintaining a good, stable body position while shooting
Competitive shooting requires high levels of mental skills such as:
- Ability to perform under pressure
- Ability to control emotions
Shooting is open to a wide range of disabilities. However disabilities that result in regular, uncontrollable movements may not be best suited to this sport at the elite level.
OTHER DESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS
Other desirable characteristics for elite level shooting are:
- Previous shooting experience (e.g. able-bodied)
- Competitive nature