Golf may not offer the same level of intensity as other sports, but a golf swing at impact requires a strong explosive power of the body. What’s more, the small muscle groups which are not used often used, out of sight and out of reach will be used more than usual when you swing. Both big and small muscles are used in a swing, and hence there can be both big and minor injuries suffered by golfers. Here are 5 conditions most likely to affect golfers and tips to minimize their injuries impact.
As a swing requires a repetition of single direction of body rotation, it puts great stress on a golfer’s back, we rank back pain the most common problem for golfers. If your swing posture is not accurate, it may cause more serious injuries cracked rib for instance. Therefore, the width of your feet can never be too wide at address to prevent the back injuries. Also incline your body to the right a bit to minimize the rotation stress of your lower back at the top of the backswing, and lower the speed of backswing.
Golfers can be suffered from typical elbow pains called the golfer’s elbow. Golfer’s elbow is an inflammation, soreness or pain on the inside of the upper arm near the elbow, rendering inconveniences in daily life. Pain may be greatest at the top of the backswing and at impact, so we suggest that you not release the hands prematurely at the top of the backswing (casting maneuver), or decelerate the club before impact.
An inaccurate swing posture or being nervous may cause shoulder pains. It is quite easy to get injured as the shoulder is connected with the body. Try to maintain proper strength and flexibility of the shoulder and scapular muscles. What’s more, you should slow down the backswing to reduce stress on the shoulders, and adopt a flatter swing plane to sweep the ball off the turf and reduce the change of shoulder-jolting divots.
If you think your knees can endure tremendous levels of stress during a swing, you should be aware of a high possibility that your knees may get injured when you overload the knee joints with too much resistance. If you are suffering or think you will suffer knee pains, it’s time to consider switching to spikeless golf shoes to reduce twisting stresses on the knees. Also, if you want to minimize stress to the knees, remember to focus on practicing with short irons while recuperating from a knee injury.
Golf beginners can easily hurt their fingers when they haven’t mastered the swing and dealt with an impact not enough yet. Hence what you need to do when injured, is reduce practice time to let your hands rest more, and put an ice pack on your fingers to ease the pains after a swing. It’s also suggested that you reduce grip pressure on the grip, and avoid the strong grip position by rotating the left hand counterclockwise.
It’s true that golfers start playing golf for various purposes, but we never want to see anyone get injured because there are numerous positive effects of golf as part of a healthy lifestyle. Some easy stretching exercises before hitting your shot or after your swing will help prevent injuries and allow you to enjoy golf more than ever.