Most non golfers don’t think of golf as a sport that injuries occur with great frequency. If you have played the game, you know this is not the case, and are fully aware of the stress that an explosive golf swing can put on the body. There are so many areas of the body involved, and the torque and stress can lead to serious problems. In this post, I will talk about some of the most common golf injuries, and share some great tips on how you can avoid them!
Common Injuries in Golf & Tips to Avoid Them
There are an abundance of different injuries that can occur in golf, whether it is during your swing, crouching down to read a putt, entering and exiting sand traps, chasing the bar car :), and many other ways. In no particular order, I will go over some of the most common injuries you will experience as a golfer, and share some practical tips on how you can avoid it happening to you.
- Back Injury – No need to explain here. Anyone that has ever watched a powerful golf swing can see the type of pressure your back is under. The form, the rotation, the follow through. All of these things put stress on different areas of your back, and if you are not careful you can end up sidelined for a long time. All of these small strains on the muscles and spine can lead to some serious injuries if left untreated, and hurting your back is something you want to avoid at all costs. To avoid hurting your back during golf, incorporate stretches and exercises into your daily routine that strengthen your back. I have found Yoga to be a wonderful exercise because it strengthens, increases mobility, and helps you attain better balance.
- Knee Pain – If knee pain becomes a factor in your swing, it is crucial that you identify the underlying issue. There are a lot of things that could be wrong, and it won’t get better until you know what to treat. If there is an issue, it is likely golf WILL aggravate it. In the meantime, the best thing you can do R.I.C.E. it, Rest Ice Compression Elevation.
- Elbow Tendinitis or Tennis/Golfers Elbow – Tendinitis is an inflamed tendon. Don’t let the simple description fool you, tendinitis can be truly debilitating and painful, and unfortunately can put quite a damper on your golf game. Hitting a lot of golf balls is an activity that can put stress on the elbow tendons, but other factors like age, and physique also play a role. If your elbow starts hurting during or after golf, the only thing you can do is to rest and ice it, with the goal being to eliminate the inflammation in the elbow. To avoid this issue all together, you could try to play with graphite shafts, and switching to low compression balls while playing.
- Rotator Cuff/Shoulder Pain – You can injure your rotator cuff during golf a number of different ways. You could hit down on a rock, sprinkler head, root, or even injure it from taking a big divot. The repetitive motion of a golf swing can lead to numerous shoulder hazards, such as tendinitis, bursitis, and even tears. In most cases, these issues are treated with rest and ice, as well as anti inflammatory medications. In severe cases, surgery could be required.
- Wrist Injuries – Your wrist is at a high risk for injury during golf, due to the repetitive nature of a swing, as well as the speed involved in a typical golf swing. Wrist Impaction Syndrome is one of the more common golf injuries there is, and is caused from the bones in the wrist banging into each other during your swing. To help prevent this from occurring, try slowing down your back swing, and hinging less at the top of your swing. If the pain is there, you can try rest, splinting, and cortisone.
These are a few of the most common golf swing injuries you will find. There are a lot of other things that can happen to your body for both the occasional player and the die hards, so your best bet is to do your best to avoid them all together!
Avoiding Golf Related Injuries
Golf is such a great game. If you’re lucky, it is something you can enjoy for a better part of your life. Getting injured sucks, and can be very frustrating. Here are a few things you can do to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy while enjoying the game:
- Work on your swing mechanics.
- Get equipment that has been fitted specifically for you.
- Don’t spend too much time practicing to avoid unwanted stress on ligaments and joints.
- Warm up properly.
- Take part in workout/exercise programs that are specific to golf.
I mentioned it above, but will do so again. Yoga is a great workout to incorporate into your life. Not only is Yoga beneficial in every area of your life, but it can absolutely help you avoid common golf injuries by improving balance, flexibility, focus, strength, and more. Take a quick look at the video below that I include, and consider giving Yoga a shot, as it can help your game in many different ways.
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Til next time, hit em straight!
Josh – GolfSizzle.com