Half of the test group integrated the relaxation exercise in their rifle-shooting practice for ten weeks. The control group practiced as usual. The results evinced a clear difference. The group that used the relaxation technique learned to shoot better. They held their rifle barrels steadier and placed their shots within a narrower area. The control group made no progress whatsoever.

The study can be of great importance to the sport, according to Marko Laaksonen, director of the Mid Sweden University Sports Science Program.

“This training method can have an impact on the biathlon, where the margins are very small at the elite level,” he says.

Questions can be directed to:
Marko Laaksonen,cell phone: +460 (7)0-212 30 09, e-mail: marko.laaksonen@miun.se
Jan Lisspers, phone: +46 (0)63-16 53 69, e-mail: jan.lisspers@miun.se