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The Effects of Innovative Shotgun Shooting Methods on Collegiate Shotgun Shooters

  • Andrew Allen Wolfe Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, USA.
  • Kayla Peak Professor, School of Kinesiology, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, USA
  • Jana Burch Chief Innovation Officer, DaVinci Studies, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, USA
  • Gerald Burch Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Texas A&M University –Commerce, Commerce, TX, USA


Sporting activities are classified according to movement demands and can be categorized as either dynamic or static actions. Many events exist within the discipline of “shooting sports”, and dynamic and static demands vary drastically among those events. However, consideration for differences in movement demands is frequently disregarded in shooting sports; common practice protocol encourages sh ooters to utilize static
shooting techniques for all shooting sport events. In particular, shooting techniques for shotgun shooting, a
dynamic sporting event, regularly align with rifle shooting (static activity) methods. Innovative dynamic shotgun
shoot ing techniques have recently been developed, however, no previous studies have examined the outcomes of employing these dynamic techniques. Therefore, the current research investigated the effects of innovative
shotgun shooting methods on collegiate shotg un shooters (n=38). Pre and post trap and skeet scores were
collected at a certified International Shooting Sport Federation and USA Shooting competition field. Upon
completion of pre-test shooting, subjects participated in an Optimum Shooting Performance (OSP) intervention
that outlined innovative dynamic shooting and practice techniques. Post-test shooting scores were collected after2-weeks of OSP practice. A paired sample t test identified statistically significant improvements for trap shootingscores (t[32] = 2.82, p = .008, 95% CI [0.431, 2.660], d = .49),skeet shooting scores (t[32] = 2.59, p = .01, 95% CI[0.436, 3.625], d = .45), and total shooting (sum score of trap and skeet tests) scores (t[32] = 3.37, p = .002, 95%CI [1.417, 5.734], d = .59). These results suggest that learning and utilizing the OSP methods significantly
increased the shooting performance of college shotgun shooters.


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Wolfe, A., Peak, K., Burch, J., & Burch, G. (2018). The Effects of Innovative Shotgun Shooting Methods on Collegiate Shotgun Shooters. International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports, 7(3), 57-65.