Article by Shane Armfield
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.
Professional golfers experience more wrist injuries whereas amateurs experience more elbow and shoulder pain.
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.
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Last updated 19-Jan-2018 01:55 PM
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