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February 1982

Trapshooter's Cramp

Author Affiliations

Neurology Service Veterans Administration Medical Center 500 Foothill Dr Salt Lake City, UT 84148

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(2):131. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510140065020
Abstract

To the Editor.—  I think a novel and heretofore undescribed disorder of movement peculiar to trapshooters seems to be worthy of comment.As a neurologist and amateur trapshooter, I have long been cognizant of a problem that occurs in fellow competitors. It is restricted to participants in the sport who have a background of years of relatively uninterrupted competition. I believe that the disorder must be another example of that poorly understood collection of acquired motor afflictions, which have been variously named "writer's cramp," "scrivener's palsy," "habit spasm," "craft palsy," "occupational neurosis," "telegrapher's hand," and "violinist's cramp."1-5By definition, these disorders are affections of specific learned, highly coordinated, skilled motor movements. They occur after years of extensive execution of a particular muscular activity. Manifestations are varied, but the individual will note a slowing of performance or inability to initiate the act. There is usually an associated spasm of the

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