While Golf is certainly not the most intense or physical sport you can play, it is still a sport with many injuries every year. This is partly due to golfers not properly readjusting to golf after a hiatus, and partly due to the leisurely approach which many golfers take to the sport. And while it certainly is a great leisure time activity, golf can be painful if not played correctly.
Most commonly, golfers complain of low back pain. This ache in the lower back can range anywhere from a dull throb to a sharp, debilitating pain. This pain is generally caused from a lack of pre golf exercise or an error in the swing. If you are suffering from low back pain, it is important to get your swing fixed and take more time stretching your back before hitting the links. And remember, swinging harder will not always help you hit the ball further, but it can knock your back out of alignment; instead, try a different ball to see if that helps with distance.
Another common issue for many golfers is knee pain. Not surprisingly, the extreme weight and pressure placed on the knee during a swing can impact a knee negatively, and the excessive walking can continue to aggravate the injury. These injuries commonly occur in golfers with preexisting knee issues, or who have previously injured the knee. These injuries can be extremely painful and often keep golfers off the course for a period of time. Ice can help with swelling, and a visit to a specialist is recommended to make sure surgery is not required to repair the knee. To avoid chasing the ball into difficult roughs, and help avoid taking awkward shots which can hurt the knee, try getting a new club to correct any slicing issues you have.
Finally, golfer’s elbow is another common golf problem. This is severe pain in the elbow and is usually felt by new golfers or golfers who have not played the game in a long time. It is caused by gripping a club too firmly and not properly stretching the forearm. A simple fix to this issue is to have your grip corrected and routinely stretch your forearm as you play. For more tips on how to properly play as a new golfer, check out our get into golf series – there are plenty of tips in there to help you avoid injury by playing properly.
Though hardly a complete list of golf injuries, this sampling of the most common injuries should point out how important the correct equipment and technique are to golf. Using the right clubs, golf balls, and tees will dramatically decrease your chances of injury, just as having your swing and grip corrected will.
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