Like hamstring injuries to cricketers and tennis elbow to tennis players, golf has its pet injuries too. The sudden rush of a golf swing and its abrupt culmination puts undue strain on your body. More so if you are a casual golfer, because in that case incorrect posture and awkward swings can augment the injury to your muscles.
Golf injuries are a quite the dangerous family and can affect all parts of body. Since you are no Thor, constant pain can put an end to your golfing days.
So it is best to buck up and avoid the most likely predators of our body at the golf course.
1. Back Pain:
Your back is the first casualty that gives up to your indulgence in your favorite sport, golf. The repeated action of swinging a golf club treats your back worse than Bruce Lee treated his opponents in the ring. The main perpetrator of this injury is swing fault.
Which is why, you should learn your ropes in the game from a professional. They correct issues with your posture and swing temper. Incorrect swing can cause injury to the disc, ligaments or joints in lower back. The most prominent malady in golf is one that causes the disc to slip. This will cause pain while moving upper body away from vertical as we frequently do in golf.
To prevent this, use your knees to squat when picking golf balls or golf bag. Maintain proper swing mechanics.
2. Tennis Elbow:
That is right. This one will haunt you more than golfers’ elbow in golf. Grow up, tennis elbow! Stay in your territory. Tennis elbow refers to the inflammation of outer tendon in elbows (as opposed to inner tendon in golfer’s elbow). The injury from Tennis elbow is again fueled by repetitive strain to the tendon and improper swing. Tennis elbow is fairly treatable and can be overcome with proper care and rest to the injured tendon. Allowing the tendon to heal and using ice therapy can grant respite from the pain. Avoid gripping the golf club too hard to prevent golfers’ elbow from getting to you as well.
3. Rotator Cuff:
A proper golf swing involves active participation of your shoulders and upper arm. An injury to rotator cuff is to be expected with the swift movement of golf club, especially if it is erroneous or you hit an obstacle. The prompt shock can cause the cuff to tear. Rotator cuff injuries may be treated by anti-inflammatory agents or in extreme cases: surgery. The easier option is to avoid injury altogether by conditioning your swing and use your energy optimally while bring down your golf club.
4. Knee Injury:
Knee is a major casualty to the swing movement as you regulate the swing force and your weight by bending your knee. The recurrent injury, though slight, causes more damage than a sudden impact. Your knee, a sole knight (or rather two knights per person), carries the burden of your hip rotation as well. If you are already suffering from Arthritis, the perseverant strain might make the situation worse. Knee injury can further cause weakness of thigh muscle, which in turn, causes more knee pain. The easiest remedy to this injury is to rest your knees between shots in golf. If you play professionally you might want to consider knee braces for added support.
5. Wrist Injury:
Golf must be mundane for all the repetitive actions it requires. But the thrill of the game keeps it from being so. Golf is a common advocate of the pain in the wrist because of the repeated stress of the swing of golf club. The bones in the wrist collide to form the tenderness that you experience there after a round. Again, correcting the backswing for maximum extension of wrist can keep you safe from this injury for longer.
6. Neck injuries:
Frequent twisting of neck is a common sight in golf. While you take a swing and look out for your golf ball at a distance, you are unknowingly straining your neck. This may lead to spasm and freezing of muscles there. This rigidity can be counteracted by keeping your neck muscles supple. Try neck and shoulder exercises as part of your warm up routine before you tee off. Also take breaks while playing to avoid overworking your neck into an injury.
7. Hand/finger injuries:
As your hands grip the golf club, you will find that it exerts a lot of pressure in that area.The swing itself and the abrupt trauma from hitting a rock or root can cause sufficient injury to your fingers to fend off golf for a while. Proper grip is cardinal in this case and you must seek professional help to attain that. Also take a break from battering the balls. Frequent rest periods during the game can prevent most of the aforementioned injuries.
8. Foot and sole injury:
Walking through the enormous golf course is enough to cause discomfort to your feet. On top of that is the weight modulation during the golf swing that plays havoc with your feet. With walking and swinging you are likely to injure the sole of your feet. Pronation or lowering of the foot arch is common result from this kind of action. Inappropriate footwear takes the blame for this problem. Make sure you but the right shoes for playing with orthotic or gel cushion insoles to support your feet and knees.
The success of your golf shot often pivots on your hips. The precise movement bears down on the hip muscle with brutal stress. The rotational forces can wear down the muscles in this area just like the rotator cuff injuries. Strength training of these muscles, warming up and resting periods in the game can get the hip game ready for golf.
A sneaky golf injury. One that creeps over before you realize it. You might be aiming for a good tan but may end up getting a little too much out of the bargain. Long rounds of golf are not the best place for your tanning needs. So do not forget to apply sunscreen before you leave the clubhouse. The sunscreen needs to be applied at least 20 minutes before you step out in the sun for it to do its job.