How Common Is The Golf Injuries And What Are They?
Golf can be a ‘man’s sport’, but definitely not as soft and as trivial as it appears. Golf injuries occur with surprising frequency to both professional and amateur golfers. It is estimated that about 60% of golfers will experience sports-related injuries at some point in their lives.
All golfers, regardless of the level at which they play, should know what causes the most common injury, symptoms of what they are, and when they should seek help from a doctor.
Golf Injury Incidence
- PROFESSIONAL wrist / hand: 37%
- Low Back: 24%
- Shoulder: 10%
- Elbow: 7%
- Knee: 7%
- Low Back Amateur: 35%
- Elbows: 33%
- Wrist / hand: 20%
- Shoulder: 12%
- Knee: 9%
Injuries to the upper limbs (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) account for more than half of all injuries sustained while playing golf. Most of these injuries occur in the (lead) left the body. Interestingly, gender may also have an impact and women professional golfers are very susceptible to wrist injuries and hand (which account for about a third of injury for women), whereas professional men suffered wrist and hand injuries at about half that level.
What Causes Common Golf Injuries?
Golf requires both strength focus and repetitive actions. Most golf injuries are not the result of a single traumatic event but occurs as a result of tissue damage sustained from time to time. In general, professionals suffer as a result of excessive, while most problems among amateurs result of poor technique, especially swing mechanics or technical errors near impact.
It’s often a combination of several factors that contribute to injury amateur golfers. These include:
- Overuse (excessive play or practice)
- Failure to correct poor swing technique heating / mechanical poor physical condition (fitness and flexibility)
- Hit the ground or an object during the swing.
Metacarpal bones in the hand and the fingers are connected to the wrist by a complex network of ligaments, tendons and tissue. Wrist and hand absorb impact load every time you attack head football club (or soil). Over time, repetitive strain and wrist movements incorrectly can cause fractures, sprains, and tendon inflammation, which can eventually lead to chronic pain and decreased mobility.
What Are The Common Golf Injuries?
Most golf injuries fall into the general category of strains, sprains, fractures, and tendonitis. Some of the more common upper extremity injuries include:
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is inflammation, or pain on the inside of the upper arm near the elbow, while Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is inflammation, pain, or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow. Interestingly, Tennis elbow is actually more common among golfers of golfers elbow.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive stress disorder that affects the nervous hands cause ‘pins and needles’ tingling and numbness in fingers and stiffness of movement. When severe, the carpal tunnel is a very painful and sometimes disabling. If ignored, can be progressive muscle weakness.
DeQuervain which causes pain in the wrist near the base of the thumb, especially on the thumb extension and pinch strength. It is caused by inflammation of the tendons that control the thumb.
This condition is caused when the flexor tendon sheath and inhibits smooth inflamed finger slid during the trip. This causes the fingers to lock and results in the characteristic ‘click’ or ‘broken’ from pain in the fingers and palms.
Wrist Impaction Syndrome
Impaction syndrome results wrist wrist bones when fighting each other due to excess or repetitive movements, causing synovial inflammation, cartilage wear and tear, chronic wrist pain and swelling.
ECU tendon subluxation
Extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) tendon subluxation occurs when the tendon sheath holding the wrist began sliding in and out of the groove, causing recurrent wrist pain.
Hamate bone fracture
Bent is a small bone in the wrist pinky side and have the advantage of a little thing called a hook, which juts into the palm of the hand. The most golfers grip their clubs put the butt-end of the club is right against the hook bend during the swing, which can fracture during impact.
Shoulder pain in golfers may be caused by several different underlying conditions, including: rotator cuff tendinitis, or a tear in the rotator cuff or shift; AC joint arthritis, or instability in the joint.
How Do We Avoid or Minimise Golf Injuries?
Spending time with the Pro Golf can go a long way to help develop good habits and techniques such as proper swing mechanics and grip the club. They can also provide advice to customize the content and frequency of training sessions so you can make the most of your time in the field and on the range, while still having enough time to rest and recover.
Invest in the right equipment to suit your technique, body type and gender, can help minimize excessive strain on the body, and allows you to enjoy the game even more.
Avoid overtraining, but air conditioning is an important right. Involved in other sports or exercises such as running and cycling, swimming or going to the gym, the golf sessions. This fact can improve your overall fitness and endurance, improve your game, while allowing different areas of your body need the interval to restore health.
And do not forget to warm up before you play! Warm up before playing golf has been shown to reduce the incidence of golf injuries. One survey showed that more than 80 percent of golfers spend less than 10 minutes warming up before a round, but they do not warm up before play had less than half the incidence of injuries than those who do not.
When should we seek medical treatment / surgery and what the goal of treatment?
When pain or other symptoms continue despite resting, icing and simple pain medications, seek help from your doctor. Early diagnosis of the cause and appropriate treatment can make a significant impact on the speed and quality of recovery.
Treatment begins with a clinical diagnosis, rest, medication, splinting, and simple non-surgical treatments. When required surgery, minimally invasive approach can now be offered. Doctors and therapists working with us, aiming to formulate an individual plan that allows re safe, comfortable and graduate training, and participation in their favorite sport GOLF!
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