Common Golf Injuries

images  dorkDon’t be a baby out on the golf course! A bad temper can lead to injuries!

 Looks like the guy on the left tried to take it out on a tree when he duffed a shot!

Whether you’re a professional or a duffer like me, the statistics are the same in that 20% of all players will succumb to golf injuries at some time in their lives.  The majority of injuries are as a result of overuse, whether attempting to put that extra little bit of power on a shot and twisting awkwardly as a result, or simply twisting your ankle in hidden dangers in the rough. Others are self inflicted due to tempers beyond control. I once saw a duffer  pound a seven iron so hard on a fairway that he almost busted his wrist! He had to stop golfing because the pain was too much.  All I could do was laugh at this jerk, as he was a complete stranger. This sort of thing happens more than you know.

Unintended or intended injuries can affect the majority of areas on the body covering both the joints and muscles due to the nature of the sport and the technique required, and to stupidity.  A golfer’s swing involves all areas of the body, from the shoulders, arms, wrist, back, hips, knees and ankles thereby increasing the risk of injury at some stage in your career through a weakness of a joint or muscle. The golf injuries listed here are the most common and this article will also look at the some of the main conditions sustained on the course.

Golfers Elbow

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is very similar to tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), with the former having pain and inflammation centred on the inside of the elbow joint compared to the latter where pain is centred on the outside of the joint. The condition occurs as a result of overuse of the muscles and tendons within the region which inflame and whilst being painful can limit the movement of the forearm and compromise your ability to play.

It can be very frustrating, but golfer’s elbow is a self-limiting condition and will recover providing you rest. Ice is also a great way to help manage any inflammation and can help with any pain experienced. In more serious cases golfer’s elbow can require surgery but if you are in doubt and the condition fails to subside then it may be advisable to consult with a medical professional.

Another way in which golfers elbow can be managed it through a sports brace, designed to help manage the inflammation experienced during an activity. The golfer’s elbow band sits on the affected area, allowing you to control the amount of compression afforded to the joint and allowing you to continue being active for longer. It is also important to note that a golfer’s elbow band and tennis elbow support are effectively the same product as all you need to do is to twist the band round your elbow to accommodate the different conditions and apply the compression where required.

Wrist Injuries

Although a natural swing should not involve the wrists, as they are meant to remain rigid, wrist injuries are still classed as one of the more common golf injuries sustained. Tendonitis remains one of the more common complaints on the injury list where players complain is pain and inflammation in the tendons within the joint. Tendons are the tough bands of tissue within a joint which attach your muscles to your bones.

Tendonitis can lead to a weakened joint, therefore strengthening exercises should be undertaken to help manage the condition, caused by small tears within the surrounding tissue of the joint. At the same time as visiting a physiotherapist a wrist support can also be used to offer a greater amount of support during movement and stability of the joint.

Back Injuries

The majority of back injuries involve the lumbar region and account for a massive 20% of golf injuries. The twisting motion of a player when attempting a shot can affect the area and over time can lead to injury from overuse.

The lower back region is the most active area in a golfer’s swing, with the more power placed on a shot the more strain being placed on the area. Whilst the majority of complaints are self-limiting a physiotherapist can often be referred by a doctor to help with strengthening exercises and stretching to reduce the risk of further injury in the future.


Another key area in a golfer’s swing is the shoulder, working to provide a fluid swing motion and a key area in being able to apply power to a shot. Golf injuries here result from either overuse or from having a poor technique which can place unnecessary pressure on the shoulder joint during play. Injuries to the shoulder region can range in their severity, from a simple strain requiring rest to more serious rotary cuff injuries which may even require surgery.

In the immediate aftermath of any golf injuries you should apply ice to the affected area and limit your activity to help the area recover. Should the condition fail to heal within a few days then you should seek clinical advice as the problem may be more serious than first thought or may just require alternative forms of treatment to help you get back onto the golf course faster.

There are many other forms of injuries not covered above, but for the most part it covers most


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