As a golf enthusiast, it pains me to even bring up the potential downsides of the game. However, in order to combat one of these potential problem areas, I think that sharing this will equip players with the knowledge and ability to avoid or immediately correct potential pitfalls.
Although golf is often thought of as a very passive sport, it is still very much physical activity. And much like any other physical feats that may seem more active outwardly, people still run the risk of injury when playing golf if they do not properly prepare and adequately address injuries as they may come up.
Below you will find the 3 most common injuries or physical areas of vulnerability that can often come from playing golf, as well well as ways to avoid or remedy these injuries.
Every year, roughly fifteen to twenty percent of golfers report injury. And while many will tell you that golf comes with a number of other potential areas of injury, the list below includes three of the most common complaints of injury from those who play golf regularly.
1. Back Pain
Unfortunately, improper form can lead to a very pointed or dull lower back pain. Even if your form is perfect, you are still risking lower back pain every time that you step out on the green because golf requires so much repetition in the swing. The best way to prevent this is to build up core strength and to work on stability and balance exercise. Building up your core means that your low back won’t be responsible for shouldering the weight of your back and repetitive movement. Instead your back will receive assistance in supporting the rest of your frame. Additionally, pay attention to your golf swing. Form is key, and swinging wrong can lead to tweaking your lower back or chronic pain. If you suffer from lower back pain, see a specialist.
2. Knee Pain
The rotation involved with your swing, coupled with the walking over the course can lead to wear and tear on your knees. To prevent this, make sure to build up the larger muscles surrounding your knees including the hamstrings and quads, and provide support to your knees.
3. Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer’s Elbow is a condition that describes when the tendons of your forearm are inflamed and swollen. Not surprisingly this is caused by gripping and swinging. To prevent this, make sure to stretch your wrists regularly. And if you are afflicted – rest and ice it.