The game of Golf is played by more than 1 million people in Australia and 55 million people worldwide. With this comes its fair share of injuries. Today I have listed The Top 3 Golfing Injuries.
1. Lower Back Pain
The lower back can problematic for both amateur and professional golfers. Amateur golfers will generally experience lower back pain due to poor technique, poor posture and incorrect motor patterns. Professional golfers will experience lower back pain when they have increased their loading incorrectly resulting in overuse injuries. Whether you are an amateur or professional golfer you must have a medical or health practitioner assess your lower back pain.
2. Wrist and Elbow Pain
You may have already heard of 'Golfer's Elbow' and 'Tennis Elbow' but what are they exactly.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is the term used for an overuse injury of common forearm extensors. The main cause of tennis elbow is repetitive wrist extension during the golf swing. This is usually observed in the trail arm for professional golfers and lead arm in amateur golf players.
Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) is the term used for an overuse injury of the common forearm flexors. Again the main cause is repetitive wrist flexion throughout the golf swing and can be due to incorrect grip set up.
3. Shoulder Pain
The greatest range of movement of any other joint in the human body is the shoulder joint. With the increased mobility of the shoulder joint the stability can often be compromised which can lead to overuse injuries. The most common overuse injuries of a golfer's shoulder are; Subacromial Impingement (SAI); Instability (Subluxations or Dislocations); and Rotator Cuff Tears.
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