I was first bitten by the bowhunting bug in 1981. Started with a compound, but soon fell in love with traditional archery. In 2006, I suffered a complete tear of the rt. rotator cuff (could not be re-attatched), on a fire call. I thought my archery days were over, but after sitting out a few seasons, I just HAD to try to get back into the game. I hunted one season with a crossbow, but just couldn't warm up to it. Now I'm shooting a 45 lb. compound, and loving it. I just limit my practice sessions to no more than 10 shots. No pain afterward at all.