seems like a gentle sport. You don't get punched
or tackled-unless a member of your foursome is
having a really bad day. Your body isn't jarred or
jostled and your legs aren't pounding pavement.
Though the inherent dangers of golf aren't
obvious, golfers may be injured-and sidelined by
with a little prevention and good form, most golf
injuries are avoidable. According to experts, the
biggest issue with golf is the image that it's
sedentary. People don't realize that you need good
flexibility, strength, and proper technique or you
could get hurt.
list of possible golf injuries is surprisingly
extensive. Many result from some aspect of the
swing-which involves an explosive forward motion
and violent muscle contractions. Because you're
holding a club with a relatively heavy head that
acts as a long lever arm, the forces are
magnified. Other injuries result from improper
form and from the repetitive nature of the
Back problems are common among golf
professionals. The twisting motion of the swing,
the movement of the spine, and repeated bending to
make putts contribute to the problem of low back
are also likely to have muscular imbalances since
most of the stress is on one side of your body,
according to the American Council on Exercise.
Many back problems can be prevented with strong
trunk muscles (abdominal muscles and back
muscles), which control the twisting mechanism,
and good flexibility, which helps prevent
overstretching of back muscles.
you rotate your body, you risk pulled muscles in
the hip area. Make sure to stretch your hip
muscles well after warming up.
engage your shoulder in both the take-away and
follow-through of your swing, and it's an area at
risk for strains and sprains. Experts recommend
stretching this area well before playing, and
strengthening the shoulder off the course. Try
lateral shoulder raises with dumbbells or rotator
cuff exercises (such as internal and external
rotations with a dumbbell).
The shock at impact - between the
club and the ball or the ground- is largely
absorbed by the elbow muscles and tendons.
Tendinitis at the elbow is a risk that increases
if your technique is poor.
Like tennis players, golfers sometimes suffer from tendinitis of the wrist as a
result of repeated dorsiflexion. And if you miss the ball and hit the ground,
the muscles and tendons of your wrist absorb much of that impact, as well.