Today, Saturday, August 24, 2019

Don't Let Golfer's Injuries Keep you Off the Course

There are a plethora of different golfer’s injuries, including injuries to the wrist, shoulder, elbow, lower back, and knees. While many injuries in golf occur gradually over time, some injuries happen with a single swing of the club.

Shoulder injuries
Injuries to the shoulder muscles, tendons or rotator cuffs often occur due to excessive use from repetitive play. In addition, improper mechanics can cause shoulder injuries, as well as from swinging and missing or swinging and hitting the ground instead of the ball. The sudden jerk can strain or tear muscles and tendons in the shoulder.

To treat golfer’s injuries to the shoulder, trainers often use ice, physical therapy or anti-inflammatory drugs. For more serious injuries, medical injections could be necessary or even surgery.

Back pain or injuries
Playing golf on a regular basis can contribute to back pain or even cause injuries. Both the swing and the nature of hunching one’s back to reach the ball can aggravate lower back muscles and the spine. It is important to stretch the lower back muscles on a daily basis, and be sure to maintain good posture when not addressing the ball. There are all kinds of different back injuries that are disc-related, arthritis related or the result of stress fracture.

While more serious injuries may require surgery, back pain can be treated by applying heat to the muscle area to relieve muscle tension.

Elbow injuries
Golfer’s elbow is strikingly similar to tennis elbow in that they both are caused by excessive play or use of the muscles and tendons. The inflammation in golfer’s elbow occurs between the tendons and the bone and often is the worst when gripping the golf club. Usually elbow injuries develop gradual over time from repeated stress and overuse of the forearms.

Cortisone injections can often east the pain and swelling, but many doctors or personal trainers will suggest taking a break from the game of golf until the inflammation recedes.

Wrist injuries
Slowing down one’s back swing can often prevent injuries to the wrist in golf. While a number of golfer’s injuries are related to overuse of muscles and tendons, wrist injuries can sometimes have more to do with speed and technique than excessive play. If a person is right-handed, injuries will typically occur in the left hand, while if a person is left-handed, injuries will occur in the right hand. Close to forty (40) percent of golfers claim to have wrist injuries at some time during their career. Golfers can improve technique by slowing down their back swings, making sure that their hands are in parallel alignment rather than having one twisted around the club in a different direction.

Also, having stronger muscles can help one avoid wrist injuries, so lifting weights in moderation is a good idea. In addition, hitting ball outs of the rough or sand can cause more strain on the wrists.

Finally, switching from steel-shafted clubs to graphite will decrease the amount of weight that the wrists have to control and support.

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