Golf might not look much like Premiership rugby – but golfers actually get injured more often than rugby players.
Fact! 62% of amateurs and 85% of professionals will get a significant injury associated with playing golf.
Plus as there are 60 million golfers of these ladies and men throughout the world – that is lots of injuries.
So What Is The Problem?
Some generalisation here but amateur golfers are not usually in great shape and most have poor swing mechanics. Lower back trauma accounts for one third of all injuries and are not specific to any age or ability.
Club-Head Speed and Spine Pressure
A good golf swing requires significant club-head speed, achieved by applying a lot of force and twisting through your lower back.
So golf puts a lot of pressure on your spine sometimes 8 times your body weight. In contrast a sport like running produces a compression load just 3 times your body weight.
What Types Of Injuries and Symptoms?
Typically golfers with low back pain issues have one of the following:
- Disc Injury
- Altered Joint Mechanics or Motor Control
- Muscle Strain or Ligamentous Sprain
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Bone Fracture
Not Only The Back Though!
On top of this, golfers also end up with trauma to elbow, wrist, hand or shoulder and it’s helpful to understand the main causes of injury which include:
- Lack of warm-up routine
- Frequency of repetitive practice
- Suboptimal swing mechanics
- Poor overall physical conditioning
Recovery time is typically lasting 2-4 weeks, addressing the main causes of injury is well worth the effort. And often golfers ‘play through’ the pain, making it worse!
How Can You Enjoy With A Lower Risk Of Injury?
Simple answer is through targeted and routine conditioning. Work on your strength, endurance, flexibility and explosive power in order to play the game well – and not hurt yourself in the process.
Physical conditioning routines designed specifically for golfers can help you stay on the green and out of pain. And as a bonus, conditioning your body to avoid injury while playing golf also helps you improve your game.
An 11-week targeted conditioning program found participants:
- Increased their clubhead speed by 7%
- Improved their strength up to 56%
- Improved their flexibility up to 39%
- Increased their drive distance up to 15 yards with sustained accuracy
Whether you’re a casual golfer or serious about your game we can help you avoid injury and improve your skills.
That’s why we’d like to share with you our free informational fact sheets on Golf Injury Prevention.
These fact sheets are completely free to download and are packed full of useful information to help you reduce your risk of injury while becoming a stronger golfer.
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