Prevention of Overuse Golf Injuries

Prevention and treatment of common overuse golf injuries is an important topic if you plan to spend a lot of time on the golf course this season. The repetitive motion of your swing can lead to excessive stress on your joints, muscles and ligaments. If you know some simple tips for prevention, you can decrease the likelihood of being sidelined by an injury.

Common Overuse Golf Injuries

  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Wrist injuries such as tendonitis or sprains
  • Back pain caused by rotational stress on the spine
  • Hip injuries including muscle strain or hip instability
  • Knee pain resulting from rotational strain

Prevention of Overuse Golf Injuries

As a non-contact, low intensity sport, most people tend to underestimate the risk of injury in golf. However, the repetitive nature of the sport along with the use of several major muscle groups makes golfers prone to injury. If you follow a few simple guidelines, you can help prevent injury rather than seeking treatment after the fact.

  • Strengthen your core muscles with abdominal exercises.
  • Warm up by doing full body stretches.
  • Increase flexibility by doing yoga or pilates.
  • Focus on proper posture, especially as muscles tend to fatigue toward the end of your round on the course.
  • Correct your swing to ensure proper form to reduce stress on vulnerable areas.
  • Use appropriate footwear to help keep your feet grounded while you swing, especially during the follow through stage.

If you are suffering from a golf related injury, it is best to seek treatment from an orthopaedic specialist. Some injuries can be treated at home with rest, ice, heat and/or over the counter pain relievers. However, if your injury worsens or does not improve with these methods, it is best to see an orthopaedic surgeon to determine better treatment options.

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