Matt Stutzman is on an arrow count.
Until 2020, he was a regular at indoor tournaments, including the world-famous Vegas Shoot, which was held this past weekend. (Back in 2018, he finished 20th in the indoor portion of the event.)
But, particularly this season, the Armless Archer has had other priorities.
“Usually, I shoot all the indoor stuff. This season, I skipped indoors to focus on the outdoors,” he says.
In 2022, Stutzman was crowned World Archery Para Champion for the first time in his long and successful career, which has already seen him appear in three Paralympic Games and win a silver medal at London 2012.
The 40-year-old, who’s also an avid racer and leads a pretty active life, has been taking physiotherapy seriously this winter.
“My right hip was causing me a few problems from overshooting, so I felt like I needed a couple of months to let that heal. I had some physical therapy, and it’s getting back to normal. I would say it’s 90% now,” he explains.
Stutzman draws his bow by pushing into the riser with his right leg, while a release aid is wrapped around his shoulders and back.