7 Common Golf Injuries & How To Resolve Them
Golf is a popular sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Although it is much safer than many ‘contact’ sports, it still involves plenty of physical activity, and thus carries a risk of injury. In this article, we will discuss the seven most common injuries in golf and how to resolve them.
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains are some of the most common injuries in golf, often caused by overuse or improper technique. A sprain occurs when a ligament (a strong band of tissue that connects bones) is stretched or torn, while a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon (a cord of tissue that connects muscle to bone).
To resolve these types of injuries, it is important to rest the affected area, apply ice to reduce swelling, and use a compression bandage to support the injury. If the pain is severe or does not improve after a few days, it is important to seek medical and Physio attention.
Lower back injuries
The golf swing places a lot of strain on the lower back, and it is not uncommon for golfers to suffer from back pain as a result. To prevent lower back injuries, it is important to maintain good posture and use proper technique when swinging a club.
If you do experience back pain, try applying ice to the affected area and taking over-the-counter pain medication. Avoiding activities that put strain on your back, such as lifting heavy objects or bending over, can also help to reduce pain.
Wrist injuries are another common golf-related injury, often caused by improper grip or swing technique. To prevent wrist injuries, it is important to grip the club correctly and use a smooth, controlled swing. If you do experience wrist pain, rest the affected area and apply ice to reduce swelling. Wearing a wrist brace can also help to support the injury and alleviate pain.
Golfers are also at risk of suffering from elbow injuries, particularly the famous strain injury called golfer’s elbow (also known as medial epicondylitis). This type of injury is caused by overuse and is characterized by pain on the inside of the elbow.
To prevent golfer’s elbow, it is important to use proper swing technique and take breaks to rest your arms. If you do experience pain, try applying ice to the affected area and taking over-the-counter pain medication. Stretching and strengthening exercises can also help to alleviate pain and prevent future injuries.
Heat stroke and dehydration
Golfers can also suffer from heat stroke or dehydration if they are out on the course for an extended period of time and do not stay properly hydrated. To prevent these types of injuries, it is important to drink plenty of water and sports drinks (especially on hot days) and take breaks in the shade to cool down.
If you do experience heat stroke symptoms, such as dizziness, nausea, or a headache, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Slip and fall injuries
Golfers are also at risk of slip and fall injuries, particularly if they are playing on wet or uneven terrain. To prevent these types of injuries, it is important to wear appropriate footwear with good grip and watch your step on the course.
If you do experience a slip and fall injury, it is important to seek medical attention if you have sustained any serious injuries or if you are in a lot of pain.
Eye injuries are another common injury in golf, particularly if a golfer is hit by a stray ball or a club. To prevent eye injuries, it is important to wear protective eyewear when playing and to be aware of your surroundings on the course.
If you do experience an eye injury, it is important to wear protective eyewear when playing and to be aware of your surroundings on the course. If you do experience an eye injury, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Even minor injuries to the eye can cause serious damage if left untreated.
Most golf injuries are caused by overuse, improper technique, or accidental impact. To prevent these injuries, use proper technique, take breaks to rest and stretch, stay hydrated, and wear appropriate protective gear.
If you do experience an injury, it is important to rest the affected area, apply ice to reduce swelling, and seek medical attention if necessary. By following these simple precautions, you can enjoy a safe and injury-free game of golf.
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Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Melbourne University. Since then, he has had over 21 years of experience as a physiotherapist and is also a qualified D.M.A. Clinical Pilates Practitioner.