Is Axe Throwing Dangerous? Injuries and How to Stay Safe

No axe throwing is not dangerous, and no one has ever died from axe throwing. As long as you follow the safety guidelines of an axe throwing venue, you wouldn’t have to worry about getting injured. Every axe throwing venue has trained professionals who will walk you through how to have a safe and fun axe throwing experience.

Are axe throwing venues dangerous?

No, axe throwing venues are the safest places to throw axes. Axe throwing facilities have to have special equipment and targets that reduce the likely hood of axes bouncing back or causing damage to anyone. This equipment at axe throwing facilities and proper safety precautions like have a coach to ensure you throw properly will seriously reduce your risk of axe throwing accidents occuring. All of these reasons is exactly why an axe throwing bar can be one of the best places to take someone who hasn’t been axe throwing before.

How can I reduce my risk of injury while axe throwing?

  • The biggest thing is to wear closed-toe shoes. Sometimes axes can bounce back but they are going so slow they won’t actually be painful if it hits you, just make sure to cover up your feet. This helps to stop you from stubbing your toe on an axe that bounces back. Wearing closed-toed shoes is just as much to avoid splinters as to avoid an axe.
  • Being aware of your surrounding is huge. Every axe throwing bar I’ve been to has fences everywhere, so even if you miss horrifically, it can’t possible hit someone else. However, you should still make sure if you are in a lane to wait until you are both away from the targets to throw and retrieve your axe.
  • Always listen to the staff. Even if you are a pro, the staff could ask you to stop throwing on a board so they can change it because it’s been chipped away. Don’t ignore their instructions and continue to throw. You could damage your axe or hurt yourself or someone else.
  • Don’t get drunk. Having a drink or two is fine when throwing axes, but getting drunk can be a dumb thing to do while you are throwing an axe around. Your judgment is poor, and you could do something stupid, resulting in you hurting yourself or someone else. So make sure you have a good time but control yourself and clearly know your limits. Staff shouldn’t have to cut you off, be an adult.
  • Use a real throwing axe, either one provided by the venue or if you are looking for a good choice then check out our post here to find some good quality axes.

Axe Throwing Techniques to keep you save

  1. Don’t throw as hard as you can. Axe throwing is not about power it is all about technique. Make sure you as a person are doing everything you can to keep axe throwing safe for everyone.
  2. Don’t touch the target when retrieving your axe. Most targets have been hit by razor sharp axes all day and it’s common to get a splinter if you put your hand against the wood.
  3. If the axe bounces back don’t try to catch it. Sometimes a really bad throw can can bounce back towards you just remember this is axe throwing not axe catching.
  4. If you are in a double lane make sure each thrower has thrown their axe before walking to retrieve your axe. You don’t want to be throwing axes while someone is walking towards their target.
  5. Only throw a single axe. There are some axe throwing pros that will throw multiple axes at a time for a trick shot. These individuals know how to throw in a way that will minimize injury. Someone who hasn’t been throwing should not try to do this it could easily bounce against the boards or the head of either axe. When an axe head hits another axe head or don’t land well on the board they are much less likely to stick in the boards.
  6. Avoid trick shots. If you don’t know what you are doing you will be lucky if nothing goes wrong when doing trick shots.

How to know you are at a safe axe throwing facility

  1. They have safety protocols that walk you through before allowing you to throw. Every axe throwing facility I have been to has coaches that will walk you through how to throw axes safely before letting you grab anything with a blade.
  2. They have single or double lanes that have wire fences surrounding them to prevent stray axes from bouncing around.
  3. If the venue has an affiliation with a larger organization like the world axe throwing league or international axe throwing federation they have to adhere to their safety precautions just like in an other sport. Because of that, they tend to have strict rules in place since there is some organizational oversight. These organizations are very interested in keeping axe throwing safe.
  4. You can go to a chain that has multiple locations. A common chain is urban axe throwing. They have done a successful job at keeping axe throwing safe at multiple locations.

Axe throwing in a backyard untrained could be dangerous

Axe throwing can be dangerous if you are not following safety guidelines. If you are throwing axes in a backyard with no training or experience, you are more likely to get injured. You should always go to a venue to axe throw so that you can have a safe and fun experience.

If you have a ton of experience and want to set up your own diy axe throwing target to show off to your friends or practice, then you should make sure you have safety features to prevent people from getting injured. Ensure that your target has enough weight that it won’t fall over and is properly set up with a backdrop to prevent axes in case they miss the target. Having a cage of fencing for wild axes or bounces will help make it much safer for everyone as well. Another important thing is to have a clearly designated axe throwing lane this will help people judge distances and make it clear where they should and should not walk around.

Have there ever been axe throwing deaths

No, there haven’t been any axe throwing deaths from the sport of axe throwing. While there hasn’t been any deaths it doesn’t mean that a person should break the rules. Most of the rules that are in place are for obvious safety reasons. We all need to work together to continue to minimize accidents and create a safe place to enjoy the sport.

Common axe throwing injuries

Most of the common axe throwing injuries are splitters from accidentally putting your hand on an axe throwing target that has been split by a lot of throws. Since the wood is slit up there will be a lot of splinters sitting on the wood.

The most common axe throwing injury that I’ve seen is not from people being hurt due to being hit by an axe but actually from overuse because they throw every day. I’ve seen a lot of axe throwers who overuse their elbows and have caused minor injuries since they don’t rest their arms enough and love throwing. Many of them just end up buying sports sleeves that protect them from overextending their elbows and slowly recovering.

Can an axe bounce back?

Yes when an axe is thrown there is a possibility that it might not stick in the board and bounce back after the axe hits the target; however, it is important to note that as long as you wear close-toed shoes there isn’t a real danger of injury since most of the time the axe will bounce against the floor and come to a stop.

Is axe throwing dangerous for kids?

Very young children should not go axe throwing because they still going to be handling sharp objects from a safety perspective that doesn’t make sense. Older children like pre-teens and teens who are old enough to safely handle sharp objects should be fine for axe throwing as long as they follow the rules.

If you follow these rules you can be sure you will be hitting a bullseye without worrying about injury. Remember safety is the first concern the second is to have fun and the third is to hit a bullseye.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have an amazing injury free axe throwing experience.

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