As the popularity of golf has exploded over the past two decades, so has the opportunity for injury. For the recreational player, the most common golf injuries are caused by overuse and repetitive trauma resulting from too much play or practice, improper swing mechanics, and poor physical conditioning. Over 50% of golf injuries occur during mid-season play with most of those injuries affecting the elbow followed by the wrist, then shoulder. On average, an amateur golfer loses over 5 weeks per year of playing time when dealing with a chronic golf injury.
Preventing Golf Injuries
Here are some tips for how to avoid injury while golfing:
Studies have shown that 10 minutes or more of warm-up and stretching prior to play significantly reduces the chance of injury, especially from overuse.
Identify and address technical errors
Work with your local pro to identify and address technical errors in your game. Golfers with fewer lessons have significantly higher rates of injury due to a deficient or incorrect golf swing.
Check out your equipment
How is it holding up? Do your grips need replacing? Should you try a thicker grip? What material are your clubs made of? Do your clubs fit you properly?
Common Golf Injuries and Conditions
Lateral epicondylosis, commonly known as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition involving the tendons attached to the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle.Learn More
Shoulder impingement occurs when the rotator cuff is pinched between the shoulder blade and the “ball” of the ball and socket shoulder joint when the arm is raised. It can be caused by inflammation of the rotator cuff and bursa, which narrows the space between the two bones. It also can be caused by a tear on the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is common in athletes or individuals who use overhead motion regularly as part of sports or their job.Learn More