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Off Putting Golf Injuries for a Lifetime Enjoyment

Golf is often considered to be the sport you can play for a lifetime. People from all age groups are able to enjoy the physical and social benefits of a round of golf. However, it is difficult to enjoy the benefits of golf when you are in pain! This article will be addressing common injuries found in golf players and how you can begin your journey to being pain-free!

What injuries are common in golf players?

Due to the nature of the golf swing, we typically see patients present with low back pain and “golfer’s elbow,” which is pain on the medial aspect of your elbow.

Low back pain is one of the most common complaints in golf players. Oftentimes, this pain is caused by poor swinging mechanics. Due to the rotational nature of a golf swing, we place a significant amount of pressure on our spine and the surrounding muscles. Not only this, but if we lack stability of the lower spine, it increases the risk of an injury!

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Medial epicondylitis, better known as “golfer’s elbow”, is the second most common complaint in regards to injuries in golf players. This injury is an inflammation of the tendons of the forearm muscles that attach to the inside of your elbow. This injury is what’s known as an overuse injury, which means the pain is a result of repetitive motions which cause damage to the tissues. Patients with this complaint will report pain and tenderness along the inside of the elbow.

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How can I prevent golf injuries?

One of the best ways you can prevent a golf injury is through exercise! If you are performing exercises to help stabilize the spine, and strengthen muscles around the back and your elbow, you are less likely to experience pain! These exercises can include movements such as Pallof Press, Dead bugs, bicep curls, tricep extensions, chops and lifts, etc!

How can I prevent golf injuries?

One of the best ways you can prevent a golf injury is through exercise! If you are performing exercises to help stabilize the spine, and strengthen muscles around the back and your elbow, you are less likely to experience pain! These exercises can include movements such as Pallof Press, Dead bugs, bicep curls, tricep extensions, chops and lifts, etc!

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Another easy way to avoid injury during golf is to properly warm-up! Warm-ups help to prevent injury by increasing blood flow and increasing temperature throughout your muscles so that they are more prepared for activity. Warm-ups should include dynamic stretching movements focusing on your shoulders, back, and legs. Additionally, before you hit the course, be sure to stop at the driving range first in order to warm-up your swing! A good place to start is with your wedges, and slowly work up to larger and fuller swings with your driver.

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What do I do if I have a golf injury?

If you are experiencing low back pain and elbow pain related to golf, go talk to a Physical Therapist! GWP Physical Therapy has helped numerous golf players return to pain-free motion and get back on the green!

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