Golf Injuries and How to Avoid Them

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Golf Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Golf Injuries and How to Avoid Them


For those not in the know, the idea of injuries resulting from playing golf may seem incredible. Afterall, there is no running, no jumping, no throwing, no impact between players. But golf is a highly physical sport, involving full use of the entire body. It requires years of practice to achieve mastery. And injuries are not uncommon.


Two Main Kinds of Injury


There are two main kinds of golf injury. The first kind is an acute injury resulting from a single, traumatic event, such as hitting the ground instead of the ball when swinging the club. The second kind is the injury that results over time from overuse or incorrect technique. A golf injury can affect the neck, back (strain), spine (disc disease), shoulder (torn cartilage), wrist (tendonitis), elbows (golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow), hips, knees (joint troubles) or ankles.


The Main Causes of Injury


According to Dr. James Andrews, “62 percent of amateurs will sustain a significant golf injury, typically because they’re out of shape, have poor swing mechanics, or don’t adequately warm up. For the pros, that number is even higher - 85 percent - but their injuries tend to come from  hitting 200, 300, 500 balls a day.”


How to Avoid Injuries


  1. Be sure you’re in shape. That means, eat well, sleep well and exercise to be fit.
  2. Warm up. That means, develop a stretching and flexibility regimen that prepares the body for action.
  3. Work on your swing mechanics. If you feel pain, it’s your body telling you that something is not right. Get professional advice on how you can improve your swing. The above-referenced article gives some suggestions to help prevent common injuries to the wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee, and lower back.

What to do If You Are Injured


If you do get injured, seek the advice of a sports medicine specialist to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan. Some golf pros have also started using kinesiology tape as part of their therapy program. Kinesiology tape is designed to lift the skin away from the soft tissue beneath, thereby permitting increased blood and lymph circulation to the weak or injured area so that it can heal faster. It also provides support and pain relief to stressed muscles, ligaments and tendons. Thus it is a great complement to physical therapy exercises and other regimens.