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Expert Tips to Prevent Golf Injuries


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Golf is a beloved pastime enjoyed by millions. However, when it comes to golf, injuries are often par for the course.


According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the most common forms of golf injuries are back pain, golfer's elbow, and wrist injuries, such as tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome.


“As golfers’ step onto the course, one common culprit to watch out for is low-back pain. The repetitive motion of the swing, coupled with poor technique, can strain the lower back muscles. Additionally, injuries such as "golfer's elbow" and discomfort in the wrists, ankles, knees, and hips can hinder the golfing experience,” says Jackie Burner, Aspirus Athletic Trainer.


One study reported that 45 percent of golfers experienced a golf injury.


Here are some tips to help prevent injuries and keep you playing your best on the greens:

  • Build up your body. Exercise off the course to strengthen your back muscles and improve flexibility. Working on your upper body and core muscles may improve your game too.
  • Put your best footwear forward. Wear good-quality walking shoes or spike-less golf shoes. Good cushioning is important.
  • Lighten your load. Bring only the clubs you will need. Pull your golf bag instead of carrying it—or use a golf cart.
  • Ease your grip. To reduce hand and finger pain or fatigue, use athletic tape or a custom grip to bulk up the grip on your clubs, and consider wearing golf gloves.
  • Don't skip your warm-up. Before you hit the first hole, get your blood moving by walking for a few minutes. Then do simple stretches that target your shoulders, back and legs.
  • Focus on form. Sweep your swing to hit the ball and let its natural momentum continue to the follow-through position, finishing with your spine as vertical as possible.

"Preventing golf injuries requires a well-rounded approach. Listen to the body, take breaks when needed, and seek professional advice if pain persists," says Jackie.


By implementing proper form, staying conditioned, wearing appropriate footwear, and remembering to warm-up, golfers can enjoy the game and prevent injuries.


If you're experiencing persistent pain or discomfort, don't hesitate to consult a healthcare professional.




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