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5 Most Common Golf Injuries

5 Most Common Golf Injuries

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What are the most common golf injuries?

  1. Back Pain
  2. Elbow Tendonitis
  3. Shoulder Pain
  4. Wrist Tendonitis
  5. Knee Pain

1. Back Pain

Back pain deserves the number one spot for the most common golf injuries because this injury occurs to most amatuer and professional golfers. It is so common because the correct position to golf is in a bent position and professional golfers train on the golf course for approximately five hours a day. Over time, the discomfort becomes too uncomfortable to bear, and many golfers, such as Tiger Woods, have to undergo back surgery to relieve the pain. Back pain is treatable with medication and surgery, but golfers have to be conscious of the medication prescribed for back pain.

2. Elbow Tendonitis

This injury is incredibly common within the golfing community because of how often the tendons in the elbow are used. This injury is so popular that it has been nicknamed "golfer's elbow" to many. Elbow tendonitis occurs because during a proper golf swing, the outer and/or inner tendon of the elbow moves so much that it causes soreness and inflammation. The motions in the game of golf are so repetitive that soreness in the elbow tendons happen often. Some professional golfers use arm bands designed to mitigate the tendonitis pain.

3. Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is another common injury to occur for many professional golfers. This injury occurs when the rotator cuff tendons get trapped under the bones in the shoulder, causing inflammation. Shoulder pain in golf is caused by a blunt force stopping the golf club midway through a swing, such as hitting a rock on the ground, or the repetitive movement of the golf swing itself. This pain may begin as just discomfort but could develop into a serious condition, from shoulder tendonitis, bursitis, or even a shoulder separation. Shoulder pain may worsen if the golfer is swinging improperly.

4. Wrist Tendonitis

Wrist tendonitis is a popular injury that professional golfers struggle with because of how crucial the wrist movement is in golf. Wrist tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons in the wrist. The key to a proper and successful swing in golf is to turn your wrists in motion with the swing, so many golfers train focusing on perfecting their wrist movements. To mitigate the pain, many golfers use a wrist support brace to reduce the impact of the swing to the wrist tendons.

5. Knee Pain

This injury is very common for professional golfers. For golfing, knee pain is usually from a ruptured ligament or a torn cartilage. Knee pain in golf doesn't usually happen overnight or from a blunt force; most times, golfers slowly develop this injury over time after constant repetition. When swinging the golf club, golfers stabilize the hip rotation with the help of their knees, causing golfers to put strain on their knees. Wearing a knee sleeve or some support brace for the knee is common for professional golfers to keep the knee in place and reduce the swelling.