How To Prevent Injuries While Axe Throwing

Axe throwing is an exciting sport that’s been around for a long time. At American Paintball Coliseum, we’re committed to providing participants with a safe area to try their hand at throwing axes. Our pros are here to help you every step of the way. It’s a safe sport, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that your experience is injury-free.

Dress Appropriately 🎽

Axe throwing is a physical activity, and it’s important to dress the part. Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows your arms and legs to move freely. That way, you can put everything you’ve got into each swing. Wear close-toed shoes to protect your feet from axes that may bounce back. The blades are sharp! You don’t want to expose your toes to flying objects. We recommend sneakers or athletic shoes.

Stretch Out 💪

Axe throwing works a lot of different muscle groups to be able to propel the axe into the target. Because of this, it’s important to stretch out before you throw, and again when your session is over. Throwing an axe properly the activity engages your core, lats, shoulders, arms — and your calves. To avoid injury, take a few minutes to stretch out before you begin. Not only will you avoid injury, but your stretches may intimidate your opponents and give you the upper hand!

When you’re finished, stretch once more, to prevent soreness later. And if you feel pain in your shoulders or elbows, it’s best to stop throwing. That way, you’ll avoid unnecessary injuries.

Know Your Limits 🏋️

Axe throwing is an inclusive sport that’s great for people at all skill levels, but it’s important to know your limits. When you’re throwing an axe, you’ll typically be standing 12 to 15 feet away from the target. We don’t recommend that you throw it as hard as you can. Most guests aren’t professional axe throwers, and they haven’t perfected their accuracy. As with most things, finesse trumps force. It’s also much safer to aim for the target than to throw with all the strength you’ve got. You’ll impress your friends far more with a bullseye over a hard throw.

Follow the Rules 📋

When you arrive, your group receives an orientation with instructions on how to play. We’ll discuss the rules of the range which are also posted in your axe throwing lane. Our staff works hard to ensure that every guest is completely safe, so everyone can have a good time. That means we’re trusting you to follow the rules. If a participant isn’t adhering to our safety rules, we’ll, unfortunately, have to ask them to leave.

Pay Attention 🧐

Axe throwing — although it’s very safe — has the potential to cause injury. Participants can get hurt when they’re not paying attention or following the rules. When axes are flying through the air, it’s important for everyone in your party to focus on the game at hand. (For example, you wouldn’t want to wander into the lane when it’s someone else’s turn to throw.) We have numerous safety protocols and pros monitoring gameplay to ensure that you’re safe, but it makes our job a lot easier if everyone’s paying attention to the game at hand.

Axe throwing is a fun and exciting sport to play, no matter your skill level. At American Paintball Coliseum, we’re committed to providing a safe environment so everyone can have a good time. By taking a few precautions, you can rest assured that your risk of injury is slim to none.

If you’re ready to play, contact us to schedule your next axe throwing session!


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