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Dartitis- Your views, comments, cures and suggestions
February 23, 2008 - 11:54 PM Steve Cretney
I also had this happen to me. I was playing superb darts and had just came 3rd equal in our area playoffs. Then the following week i was in our local club singles and it just happened. One minute i was throwing treble 20's, next minute i couldnt let it go. People kept saying just throw it just throw it but you cant. I tried and tried and released a couple but they were hardly on the board. I had to shake my opponents hand before finishing the game and went home. Just about cried i couldnt believe what was happening. I have not given up darts over the years of having this condition but have tried to work my way through it. I have had it since 2001. I went to a Hypnotist and i think this may have helped me subconsciously as i can release them now. I still stop every now and again but am happy to be playing a lot better. I tried many different ideas people had but i agree with most people on here that it is definitely in your mind and any problems in your life etc will not help. Good luck to anyone who has this problem. I dont wish it on anyone as i believe it is with you for life once you have had it.
January 16, 2008 - 07:53 PM Rod Macleod
Hello folks, 20 years ago I deveoped this problem. I was playing a average 4 to 6 hours a day. At the end on a great year I all of a sudden could not release my dart. I did about everything to cure it, including as a last resort getting a few beers in me before I started to play. I heard that Eric Bristow had this and did some investigating. I went to the best sport therapist in Toronto who could only recommend cortisone shots. But they said it was unlikly to help The movement of throwing Darts is so fine and uses so few muscles that simly the nerves get conditioned and overworked. The only true cure was rest from the game. I had to stop playing. after a year it was gone. I rested another year and played very little. Finally the conditioning of the mucsles and nerves were gone. I had to start the game anew but since I know the game my ability came back. This is not the news that advid player want to hear. But it truly is the way to end the problem without a great deal of pain and anguish. It is a only a game after all and life is too short for drama. As a further note, any od players out there remember The Hayloft Bar on Front St toronto? That is where I first really honed my love of darts.
July 08, 2007 - 01:29 PM RAY OWEN
i have suffored for almost a decade, and dont know really where to turn, about 15 years ago i played county , now i can barely put 3 darts in the 20, i am pulling, snatching i seem to throw better downstairs at 17's or 19's but now even they have eluded me and i end up with one in the tyre surround . it is so frustrating knowing you used to be able to throw and now stevie wonder would give me a good game. i have tried light darts heavier darts , short fat barrels, long barrels nothing seems to change, i could cry sometimes, i have thought about trying to throw like vincent van der voort 3 darts in 4 seconds without looking at the board but yes you guessed they still go all over the place any ideas would be gratefully received i have a feeling it is to do with nerves with me being asthmatic, i wonder if taking kalms might help
May 07, 2007 - 10:16 PM Don
dartitis Phil Taylor's advice about throwing a heavy object helped me. I use a heavy steel tip dart and exaggerate my throw. Also just go through a season and shoot with a friend and not worry about what you hit. JUST ENJOY THROWING and laughing with your friends. Give it up! Yes you will lose glory but after a while you will feel the rythem and fun coming back!
March 20, 2007 - 09:57 AM David King
I am please to say after gaining the required evidence the OED has now entered 'DARTITIS' into the dictionary.
Don't rush out to buy the latest version here is the definition DARTITIS (a state of nervousness which prevents a player from releasing a dart at the right moment when throwing)
Thanks for everyone's help for providing the required evidence.
December 20, 2006 - 03:15 PM NEIL PRITCHARD
I suffered from the dreaded Itis about fifteen years ago, I found to cure it you must have mostof your trailing foot on the floor if not all, keep your concentration on that more so than the darts and persist. It did work for me but you must be patient with it. Good Luck to anyone who attempts this method
November 09, 2006 - 03:38 AM David King
An update for those of you that have been following my efforts to obtain recognition and entry to the OED for the word dartitis. ----------------------------------
Dear Mr King
Thank you for your letter concerning dartitis, the accompanying DVD, and your continuing efforts to gather earlier evidence.
As things stand we have assembled a daft entry for dartitis, and the earliest evidence remains the 1981 Darts World quotation that you supplied. At the time of writing, a decision is pending on whether this draft will go forward for publication.
Graeme Diamond OED October 2006
September 30, 2006 - 06:09 AM David - Webmaster Darts501.com
If you have read the main dartitis page on this site then you will know I am trying to get the word ‘dartitis’ recognised and included into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). I have for the past nine months collected articles, extracts from books and sent these to the OED to show how much the word is in use. In a last attempt ditch attempt I have sent the OED a recorded copy of ‘Darts Tarts’ documentary shown on BBC TV. In the documentary Eric Bristow features along with less well known dart players talking about ‘dartitis’ and how it has affected them.
I believe I have sent enough now to the OED for them to seriously consider the entry of ‘dartitis’ into the dictionary and will let you now the outcome should it be successful.