Most common injuries:
- Back Pain – due to the long hours in a bent-over stance
- Tendinitis in the Elbows – irritation and inflammation of the tendon tissue, most frequently referred to as “Tennis elbow”
- Wrist injuries – The repetitive motions and high speed of a swing can place wrists at a high risk for injury.
- Neck Injuries – After long hours of swinging the club, the neck muscles may shorten in spasm and freeze the neck into a painful position.
- Knee Pain – Occur from the strain placed on a weak knee to stabilize the swing rotation. Usually extreme force is placed on the knee at the beginning of the swing.
- Rotator Cuff– Injuries to the rotator cuff can be sustained through traumatic force resulting from a poorly executed golf swing, hitting a root or rock, taking a deep divot, and from overuse. Golfers can develop tendinitis, bursitis, and tears in the rotator cuff due to the repetitive motion of the golf swing.
- Hand and Finger Injuries – Much as with wrist injuries, the repetitive motions of golf, and the high speed of the typical swing can place the hands and fingers at high risk for injury. Which can lead to numerous conditions such as tendinitis, broken or deformed bones and a condition called hypothenar hammer syndrome, or HHS.
- Foot and Ankle Injuries – Throughout the golf swing, the body acts as a whip; power production starts with the feet pushing against the ground. Injuries can occur when the golfer looses his or her footing or balance during the swing, while performing the swing with the improper swing mechanics, and when hitting a ball off an uneven surface.
- Hip Injuries – The hip joint is usually very mobile and able to withstand large amounts of loading stresses, but is particularly vulnerable to injury during golf, since the swing involves a tremendous amount of pivoting and twisting movements. This requires a great deal of control throughout the gluteal muscles and the adductor muscle complex. It is these rotational and shear forces that cause injuries such as groin strains and low back injuries.
- Sunburn – Skin is the largest organ of the body, and the most vulnerable to damage while playing golf. Repeated exposure to the sun can lead to skin damage and even skin cancer. Always apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply often during the round.
Should you experience any of the above, don’t wait for it to get worst. The quicker it is treated, the shorter time you will need to recover.
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