There is no doubt that golf is increasing in popularity throughout the United States. Every year more and more people are getting out on the green. On average 27 million men, women and children play over 500 million rounds of golf per year. Growing popularity has brought increased awareness of the injuries associated with the sport. By comparison golfers sustain just as many injuries as athletes in contact sports. A study showed that 33 percent of PGA golfers experienced lower back problems lasting for a duration of over two-weeks over the course of the year. You can imagine the toll it takes on an elite golfer who swings the club over 120mph, more than likely on a daily basis.
But what about recreational golfers? Say those of us who golf around 30-40 rounds per year or less? Golf just like any other sport requires practice, sometimes visiting the driving range weekly to stay on top of your game. Due to the frequency of practice swings in order to master the game, golfers sometimes don’t realize the risk of injury or how to prevent injury. The course can often be a dangerous place where you have to watch out for your partner’s backswings and lightning, don’t get me wrong, but there are also more common risks that every golfer faces.
In order to take the necessary action to prevent, it is crucial to understand what parts of the body are susceptible and tend to sustain the most injuries. In golf the most common injuries occur in the ribs, lower back, knees, shoulders and wrists. Most of these injuries are in conjunction with your swing. Injuries in the elbow for instance, medial epicondylitis “golfers elbow” and lateral epicondylitis “tennis elbow” often occur as a result of improper swing and lack of stretching. Injuries to the lower back become more common with routine-practice swings especially when striving for maximum speed and contact. Rotator cuff problems in the shoulders are due to the fact that golf swings activate target muscles, the subscapularis, pectoralis and latisimus. Overuse of these muscles in the lead arm will not only lead to a hindrance in your golf game, but if not dealt with properly, could cause you to seek medical attention.
Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a good warm-up. Not only for the purpose of preventing injuries, but for the improvement of your game. At Golf BOSS we’re here to educate and promote accident prevention and progress in the great sport of golf.