Golf seems so effortless when you watch the match as an audience. But, only a player knows the struggle and challenges he has to face while triggering a perfect swing. A golfer has to rotate his body during a swing, walk a long way, and many other challenging jobs to make him a perfectionist. We see a player putting all his energy into only 3 to 4 hours of the match. But for making these 3 to 4 hours exciting, he has to practice for months.
This game is all about your perseverance and hand-skills. To make yourself a perfectionist in shots and golf techniques, your body needs to endure a lot of stress and pressure for consecutive days and months, even years. This often leads golfers to some common injuries. Experts in sports medicine marked some causes that contribute to common golf injuries. They are given below:
• Over practice
• Poor swing techniques
• Not warming up the muscles properly
• Rotational stresses placed on the spine
• Incorrect grip and setup
• Traumatic force to the body resulting from a poorly executed swing.
Almost every golfer, including the most precisely playing golfer, has to face some of these common injuries in their career period. We will discuss such nine common injuries and their treatment, almost every golfer suffers.
Most Americans suffer from this common problem of back pain at least once in their lifetime. When it comes to the golfer, there is a lot of chance that they suffer from back pain. Almost every golfer often faces this injury because of the rotational stresses. These stresses are placed on the spine and muscles. Moreover, they have to practice swings bending down for a minimum of 4 to 5 hours daily. Those who play recreationally have more chances of back pain as they aren’t habituated to spending days at course rotating and bending. A golfer can have back pain due to many other reasons such as arthritis, muscle pain, disk-related problems, stress fracture, mechanical problems, etc.
Treatment: The best thing you can do for curing back pain is proper resting. If the pain is unbearable, you can do medication, visit the doctor, take therapy, bracing, cortisone, or even undergo surgery if the problem has become extreme.
Wrist and hand injury
Hand and wrist injuries are widespread in the game of golf. These injuries can cause you some significant problems. That’s why you need to know exactly why they occur, their treatment, and how to stop them from happening.
Let’s first discuss wrist injuries. One of the most common golf-related wrist injuries is sprained wrists. You mostly get sprains on your wrist while striking a root or rock during their swing. Other than that, this injury can also be affected by poor mechanics. You get a sprained wrist while laying vital strikes, as hitting a decisive strike requires a lot of strain on your wrist. And if you happen to notice any gradual pain after golfing, you might feel the pain because of tendinitis. This can be caused due to poor playing form. If your swing is stiff, it can cause tiny tears on your wrist tendons, which will later cause you pain.
Now, coming to hand injuries, you might feel pain after golfing. And you felt this pain due to too-tight grip. If your grip is way tighter than what it should be, you will have a sore hand. It would help if you always had a tight grip but not too close to start harming you. You can get one of your bones in hand fractured. You can get the hook of hamate fractured. And this injury happens when your club strikes the ground hard. And other than that, if you play regularly, you might develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treatment: the best treatment for these injuries would be splinting, medication, and rest. You should take proper rest; otherwise, the wound will get worst and might require surgery. And it would help if you did not put high pressure while playing.
Elbow injuries are prevalent in golf. In fact, it is so common that the injury itself has the name of the game in it. There are many elbow injuries in the game of golf. But I’m talking about none other than the Golfer’s Elbow. This condition is so common in golf that the situation has the word golf in its name. Golfer’s elbow is a condition that comes from the strain of repetitive motion. You will have eruption and pain on the inside of the upper arm close to the elbow in a golfer’s elbow. You will feel pain and soreness on the outside of the upper arm if you have a tennis elbow. This pain is similar to the golfer’s elbow, just in the opposite direction. Most golfers suffer from this tennis elbow. This elbow injury is prevalent in golf. With this injury, you can feel pain while doing a backswing or an impact.
Another widespread injury regarding elbow is torn ligaments. If you feel a very sharp pain after golfing, then immediately visit your doctor. You don’t want to pull your ligaments.
Treatment: The treatment of this problem may include medicine, rest, surgery, cortisone, counterforce bracing, and therapy. But these treatments will change with each person. Each person will face these problems at each level of difficulties, and they need different medicines.
Tendinitis is an injury that can happen in your wrist or elbow. Before knowing tendinitis, you need to understand what tendons are. A tendon is a healthy, flexible fibrous tissue. It joins the muscles to bones. They work in sync with the muscles and bones to help the body to move. Wrist plays a vital role in golf, and that’s why there is enormous pressure on your wrist while playing golf. This tendinitis can also occur in your elbow. Tendinitis occurs due to overpressure or poor technique. Most golf injury happens for this reason. It would help if you had the right strategy, or you may risk your health. There are two types of tendinitis. One is general tendinitis, and another is DeQuervain’s tendonitis.
Treatment: to prevent tendinitis, you need to make sure that the clubs you are using are suitable for your ability to play. And it would be best if you used them correctly, you can’t have the wrong techniques, or you will be harmed while playing. And you should always warm-up and stretch before playing. And if you feel any pain while playing, you should stop immediately. And you can apply ice bags in the affected area. And after you feel any pain, you should contact your doctor.
You can get a lot of shoulder pain after playing golf. Playing golf puts a lot of strain on your muscles, tendons, and joints of your body. They are susceptible to overuse injuries such as impingement syndrome and arthritis, inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons, and strain and sprain injuries. And you can also dislocate your shoulders if you put too much pressure on your swing. A shoulder injury gives you a lot of pain and affects your swing. This pain symptoms are having upper arm pain at the different phases of golf swings and night pain.
Treatment: to treat this injury, you can try therapy, rest, meditation, cortisone injection, and surgery, depending on the severity level of the damage. And you can follow your doctor’s advice. To prevent this injury, you have to stretch before playing. It would help if you made your muscle flexible to prevent this injury. You can’t practice backswing when you have shoulder pain. This will increase the damage to your shoulders.
Most of the golf injuries are caused by over practice or by overpressure and wrong technique. And knee pain can be caused by excessive pressure and repetition placed on valuable knee joints to stabilize your hip’s rotation at the beginning of your swing. One of the most common knee golf injuries is ACL and meniscus tears. And these can cause you a lot of pain. This knee pain symptoms are swelling or clicking the knee, making it worse by squatting or twisting.
Treatment: most of the golf injuries are treated mostly by rest. And this goes for knee pain as well. You need to take enough rest to make this pain go away or heal this pain. Other than rest, you can do meditation, arthroscopic surgery, injection treatment and therapy, bracing, or total joint replacement. It would help if you visited a doctor before taking any action.
Hip injuries are the worst. They create a lot of pain and problems while playing. The hip is a vital organ while playing golf. It is a part that keeps everything connected. A hip injury can cause you a lot of pain and do damage to your game. Hip endures a lot of stress and weight. Golfers are forced to do a lot of twisting movements while golfing. This puts a lot of pressure on the hips, and it becomes too much for the hips to handle. Hip injuries are very similar to the tear of the rotator cuff.
Treatment: the first thing that you need to make sure is that your hips are flexible. And never push your flexibility limits. This is something that causes a lot of pain. You have to stretch and warm-up before the game.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a stress disorder where it occurs in the nerves of the hands repetitively. When you have this disorder, you will have pain in your wrist, you will have tingling and numbness in your fingers, and you will also experience clumsiness and weakness in your hand.
Treatment: first of all, you will need a lot of rest in treating this injury. You need to make sure you have proper rest. You can try meditation and splint. You may or may not need surgery depending on the severity of your injury.
Plantar fasciitis is a swelling that you will get if you wear the wrong footwear while playing. You may suffer from it if you choose improper footwear. It is located under the foot sole. And it is attached to the heel bone. If you have this disorder, you will feel pain in your heels. This pain will interrupt your game badly.
Treatment: you can use ice packs in the area. And other than that, you can try some non-steroidal drugs and anti-swelling drugs. And you should see your doctor and get the necessary treatment.
Comparing to most other outdoor sports such as football, cricket, boxing, etc., golf is a lower risky game. A golfer is never out of the injury zone, but it is possible to prevent these injuries even get recovery with some care and cautions. Golf hasn’t lost its popularity or glory because of some injuries. Instead, it is the top choice of most sports lovers for the game’s excitement and challenges. It would help if you were a little more cautious and alert for preventing such accidents and injuries as much as possible. I wish you a risk-free, happy game!