It is often assumed that golf is a gentle, sedate sport. However, in the course of several hours your body will experience rigorous and repetitive motion which can take its toll. If played regularly, how much wear and tear does this cause the body? Are there particular injuries that golfers are prone to?
Golf requires a variety of motor skills, and you need a solid, flexible core. The slightest imperfection of a move can cause damage to any number of parts of the body. Sports medicine experts list the following as the most common injuries that people get from golf:
● Lower Back Strain. Several hours spent bent over, repeating a motion, will cause a lot of wear on the core, particularly the back.
● Rotator Cuff Tear. Usually, this is caused from hitting a solid object during a swing. Golfers can develop tendinitis, bursitis, and tears in the rotator cuff due to the repetitive motion of the golf swing
● Foot and Ankle Injuries. Shoes that are not a proper fit, along with improper swing, can lead to sprains and tendonitis.
● Knee Pain. This can occur from the strain placed on a weak knee to stabilize the rotation of the hips at the beginning of the swing. Extreme force placed on the knee can result in torn ligaments. Arthritis sufferers may experience more knee problems due to a gradual wearing away of joint cartilage.
● Wrist Injuries. The repetitive motions of golf, and the high speed of the typical swing can place wrists at a high risk for injury. Pain and tenderness on the top of the wrist, when at the top of the backswing and at impact, are common. The most common golf-related wrist injury is tendinitis, or swelling of the tendons responsible for wrist movement.
Golf Techniques and Their Impact
● Casting. Use of excess wrist action in a backswing can cause contraction on forearm flexors, leading to “golfer’s elbow”, more commonly known as “tennis elbow.”
● Sway and Weight Shift. Shifting weight and hips can generate back problems, as well as rotator cuff injuries in the body’s attempt to compensate for the sway of the shift.
Golf Equipment and Frequent (Mis)Use Injuries
● Clubs. The type of material in the shaft of a club can affect the swing, which tends to lead more advanced golfers towards steel clubs. The weight allows for more distance, but can lead those not suited for this to experience strain on the lower back.
● Golf Bag. A full set of golf clubs is heavy. Depending on the physical condition of the golfer, a double strap golf bag may help distribute the weight.
Much of the damage that is done to the body in golf can be curtailed with proper swing mechanics, fitness conditions, and equipment such as shoes, bags, and clubs. By training your body to endure the repetition with toning and technique, ensuring that each swing is performed to perfection, and using the right equipment for the situation, you can greatly reduce the risk of short or long term injury while enjoying all eighteen holes.
Myovolt has great treatment solutions for all these injuries above. The Myovolt Elbow & Wrist kit was designed specifically with golf related injuries in mind. Use it to improve circulation and loosen up the elbow and wrist before your game and lessen the risk of injury. Perfect for warming-down in the clubhouse afterwards too!