Golf Injuries

Article by John Miller

Golf Injuries

Golf injuries are relatively low incidence. However studies have shown that 60% of professionals and 40% of amateurs can experience injury. 80% are typically overuse injuries. The remainder are traumatic eg hitting a tree!

Lower back pain has affected about 1/3 of professional golfers. Thus is due to the mildly bent position and twisting action at speeds of up to 200kph! The combination is unfavourable if your back core muscles are weak or lack control and there is underlying spinal stiffness.

The second most common golf injury is the elbow. Golfer's elbow and wrist injuries can occur with abnormal ground impact eg hidden rock or gripping the club. Tennis elbow can also be experienced via excessive gripping and poor swing biomechanics eg overswinging. 

Shoulder pain may also be experienced. The rotator cuff, shoulder impingement and shoulder arthritis are to blame for most shoulder pain.

Professional golfers experience more wrist injuries whereas amateurs experience more elbow and shoulder pain.

Knee pain can occur due to twisting (meniscus tear) or walking (knee arthritis). Walking can also annoy your feet eg plantar fasciitis or heel spur.

Golf Injury Prevention

Swing correction and warming up before golf has been shown to decrease injuries. There are specific ranges of motion that a golfer should be able to attain. Your golf physiotherapist can provide you with a golfer physical screen that assesses your body's range of motion, strength etc and provide you with exercises to correct any deficits. They will help optimise your body to best suit your golf swing and body's limitations.

A golf professional should obviously be sought to correct any golf swing issues.

For more information about golf injuries, golfer screening please consult your physiotherapist with a special interest in golf.

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Common Golf Injuries & Conditions

  • AC Joint Injury
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinitis
  • ACL Injury
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis Knee
  • Bursitis Shoulder
  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Cramps
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Groin Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Strain
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Neck Sprain
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Pes Anserinus Bursitis & Tendinitis
  • Pes Planus - Flat Feet
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Poor Hip Core
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis (Back Stress Fracture)
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thigh Strain
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
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    Common Treatments for Golf Injuries

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Rotator Cuff Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm Exercises
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • FAQs Golf Injuries

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • How Does Kinesiology Tape Reduce Swelling?
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • The Best Core Exercises
  • Heat Packs. Why does heat feel so good?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Strap an Ankle
  • Rotator Cuff: What is it?
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Common Adolescent / Children Leg Injuries?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What is the Shoulder Impingement Zone?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • What's Your Core Stability Score?
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    Last updated 16-Apr-2015 07:43 PM

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