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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
November 05, 2008 - 02:13 PM Dona
I played darts about 6 years before I got Datitis. I was in a league for a few years and BAM! My arm would just completely lock up when I pulled it back. I had people laughing at me. I literally would have to lunge my body towards the board just to get rid of the dart. I was humiliated. I tried practically everything, even hypnosis. Sadly to say, I had to give it up entirely. It was difficult as my husband continued to play and I couldn't. I didn't play darts for 4 years after that. I just started again thinking I was over it. My first 2 weeks in the league were great! Third week, I feel the hesitation in my throw. My fear is that I am now going to lock up. Is it nervousness..maybe, because I always did experience it. Is it pressure...maybe because I always feel like I need to win. Is it stress...maybe because I do stress easily. I am going to do more research, and try things that people have mentioned. I really don't want to have to give it up again. It's something I love to do and it deeply saddens me.
September 09, 2008 - 03:19 PM tom curtis
try keepin ur head still. an lookin at the board rather than lookin at ur darts when u pull them bak.
ur arm will just go wiv ur eye's
August 01, 2008 - 08:49 AM Keith; Birmingham
I added a post not so long ago on curing dartitis, well now I seem to have cracked it. I have come up with an idea based upon American research which claims dartitis is caused by a neuro muscular problem. All you need to do is get 2 boards, put one on the wall how it should be usually, then put another on the floor directly underneath. Then stand approx 1-2 feet back from the oche and throw the first dart at the board on the floor and then the next at the proper board and then last one at the board on the floor again. Don't worry about hitting any scores just try to hit the board. Do this for 1 hour every day and at the end of the week try to throw again normally at the proper board. As long as your not still worrying about trying to 180's every time you'll start to be able to through steady again. This is because the original affliction is caused by spasm's in the nerves which cause the thumb and forefinger to clamp together. This is caused by muscle memory. Once you start getting this condition you then start to feel anxiety and embarrassment because people are watching. This then takes over and makes it worse. All you need to do is retrain the nerves in the muscle to stop spasm's, hence the 2 dart boards, and then stop worrying about playing brilliant every time. Just throw at the board and enjoy it, if you have a bad game big deal everyone has one, it wont cost you your life if you don't win every game. Let me know if this works for anyone else I have seen improvements in a few players already who have tried this method.
July 29, 2008 - 10:46 AM MARK LEE
HI ALL I WROTE A WHILE AGO TELLING MY STORY ABOUT MY DARTITIS.I HAD IT BAD.ANYWAY I STARTED TO THROW DIFFERENTLY AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW,IM LETTING THEM GO NO BOTHER NOW.LOTS OF PRACTISE NEEDED NOW.I ALTERED MY THROW TO COME ACROSS MY FACE.IM RIGHT HANDED,SO INSTEAD OF DRAWING BACK MY ARM TO COME STRAIGHT BACK TOWARDS MY RIGHT SHOULDER I WENT TO THE LEFT TOWARDS MY LEFT SHOULDER.BLOODY WEIRD AT FIRST BUT THEY FLEW WELL.I WORKED ON MY AIM AND DIDNT DO TO BAD,SOME WILD 12,S EVERY NOW AND AGAIN THOUGH.I KEPT THIS STYLE FOR A WHILE AND GRADUALLY I HAVE MOVED BACK TO THE RIGHT.I DONT GRIP THE DART TO HARD AND HOLD MORE OF THE STEM TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL.SEEMS TO BE OK,IF I FEEL MYSELF TENSING UP I BREATH DEEPLY AND JUST LET THE DART GO.IM NOT TO BOTHERED ABOUT THE 180S YET,BUT IM GETTING THERE.THIS METHOD WORKED FOR ME GIVE IT A GO,YOU NEVER KNOW.
July 23, 2008 - 12:00 PM Mike
Hi I have been playin for six years an eight months ago the dreaded dartitis occured, Dont know why jus happened one night. Tried to carry on playin but it slowly got worse where i throw at the 20 an hit a 14. I have carried on playin an started to throw better again till last nite. I feel that im going to make myself look stupid an im scared to play darts again now. Any one got any advice
July 08, 2008 - 07:45 AM Dave
After thirty years of playing, dartitis struck me overnight as if my 'on' switch had been turned off.
That was in April and since then this thing's amused itself by taking a merry route through several stages - Stage 1: couldn't let go; Stage 2: could let go only by chucking hard at the wall and hopefully hit the board; Stage 3: complete arm seizure; Stage 4: I'm now trying much heavier darts and can let go, but with no hope of hitting anything properly (which is progress I suppose) until I get to the final double which is where I fall apart completely and everybody, including myself, is well advised to wear full-face crash helmets and stab vests.
Even practicing at home under no pressure, the same things happen. I'm amazed at how frustrating and stroke-inducing this can be... after all, it's only a game!
The season begins in September - short of a miracle, I can see myself dropped and sitting at the back quietly getting sloshed and wishing I was somewhere else. But I'm not giving up, somehow I'll beat the Big D.
July 03, 2008 - 02:17 PM Keith (Birmingham)
I have recently developed dartitis, I am the captain of my district team and was sort after by many of the top clubs and I started to feel like I was expected to throw great darts every time I played, and thats where it started for me I think. I have a friend who is a Hypno-therapist and he did some exercises with me to help me relax and not get so stressed before games, he helped me remember the fun and enjoyment we all forget about as we put pressure on ourselves to perform, the hardest trick is to forget about dartitis when your playing, I try to sing a song in my head while I play and concentrate on my breathing and this really helps me.
June 10, 2008 - 05:16 AM Aaron Edwards (Hampshire)
i have got dartitis, i am 17 years old and i play for my county Hampshire. is there anyway shape or form that anyone could help me because i am suffering from it surverly, i have not been winning let alone playing like i use to, is there anyone that can help me if so please let me know asap as it seems there needs to be a miricle for it to go. if anyone can help me please email me. email@example.com
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