Just like any other sport, whether amateur or professional, golf will take up a lot of your time and effort for you to achieve success. This sometimes puts your body under stress and lead to injuries. Golf injuries can be caused by a lot of factors such as too much practice, poor swinging mechanics, poor warm up exercises, bad grips and over-swinging.
Golfers need to take safety precautions to prevent avoidable injuries. This means having the correct footwear, attire and towels. Towels although often neglected keep the clubs dry for a good grip. You can even have personalized Funny Golf Towels.
Identifying injuries in time and managing them before they get worse is key to getting back on the course. Which are some of the common injuries you can suffer on the course and how do you handle them?
Injury to the lower back
Strains to the lower back is the most common injury in a game of golf. It mostly occurs when taking a power swing, with the rotation of the pelvis pulling tendons, ligaments and muscles between the lumbar spine and the pelvis. It can also lead to wearing away of vertebrae discs in the spine.
You can avoid lower back injuries by trying to rotate your hips and shoulders in unison when taking a swing. It is also advisable to not always go for the power swing.
Wrist injuries are most common with amateurs who don’t have the strength to use the back of the wrist to lead the club into impact, or constantly hit the ground which causes stress to the tendons.
You can avoid injuries to the wrist by rotating your hand down the right side of the grip away from the target.
Just like to the wrist, the tendons on the elbow are stressed by shock impacts and tear away. The tearing is caused by repeated rotation and straining of an arm. It is easy to avoid this kind of injury by keeping your arm straight and relaxed at your side.
Most parts of your shoulder are at risk of injuries when playing golf, with the rotator cuff exposed to the biggest risk. Torn cartilages, resulting from backswings, are also becoming a common occurrence. It is characterized by pain at the back of the shoulder.
When you shift forward to take a swing, the inner side of the lead knee takes a great deal of compression. Locking the knee in a position in which it can only rotate internally increases the shearing force on the joints. It can lead to arthritis. You can avoid this kind of injury by keeping your thigh vertical or leaning outwards from the target when taking a swing. Anti-inflammatory drugs are however enough to take care of such injuries.
Neck injuries are most common with newcomers to the game. They are especially common after spending hours on the golf course twisting the body in ways it is not used to. The neck muscles spasm and freeze painfully. New players should take frequent breaks from the course and slowly work their way to longer periods of practice or play. Let the body get into it instead of trying to force it.