Lyme Disease: (text borrowed from Stonebow Field Archers)

A bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny, spider-like insects found in woodland areas that feed on the blood of mammals, including humans.

Tick bites often go unnoticed and the tick can remain feeding for several days before dropping off. The longer the tick is in place, the higher the risk of it passing on the infection.

Obviously, the nature of field archery leaves us all open to this potentially devastating disease. However, with simple precautions it can be avoided.

These are:

1   wear long trousers

2   wear long sleeves

3   tuck trousers into socks or wear wellington boots

Check for ticks after every shoot - they start the size of a poppy seed and steadily grow as they suck your blood! If you find a tick on your skin, remove it with a pair of tweezers.

If in doubt - see your doctor!