"I see a lot of folks get bow arm sometimes. A lot of huge bruises in some cases. It even happens to me sometimes. I also see a LOT of plucking. What are some ways to prevent bow arm from happening?"
I don't call it "bow arm", I prefer to call it "string burn" - similar to rope burn. String burn occurs when people accidentally hit their arm with the bow string while doing archery and it can leave a bruise, welt or even rip the skin off your arm if you are using a higher poundage bow (like a powerful compound bow).
Form Techniques for Avoiding String Burn
#1. Relax your arm and shoulder. (This is also better for increased accuracy.)
#2. Elbow should be facing sideways and not locked.
#3. Lean slightly into the shot for better shoulder alignment if you have difficulty relaxing your bow shoulder.
#4. Use a lightweight bow. Avoid any bow that causes you to over tense your bow arm.
#5. Plucking the string could still cause the string to oscillate and hit your arm, so for best results practice doing a "dead release". A dead release doesn't move, a live release does. Keep your thumb/hand on your face as you practice dead releases and keep track of any shot where your hand plucked to the side, backwards, forwards, up or down. If it keeps happening you may need to consult an archery instructor familiar with dead releases.
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