Golf is a beloved Canadian sport, often taken up by athletes during their childhood or teenage years. However, this summer sport also causes a number of musculoskeletal injuries that may range from mild to severe.
Here’s a look at a few of them.
Golfer’s Elbow (elbow tendinitis)
Let’s start with the most common injury sustained by individuals who play golf on a regular basis: golfer’s elbow. Also known as medial epicondylitis, this occurs when the inner tendons attached to the elbow get injured. This form of injury is typically brought about because of repetitive motions involved in the game, such as the continuous swinging of the arms back and forth when hitting the golf balls. As a result, the inner tendons become inflamed or sore, causing stiffness not just while repeating specific motions but also when slightly moving the elbow.
One way to ease the symptoms of elbow tendonitis is by wearing a specially designed armband. This would exert the right amount of pressure on the inflamed tendon, allowing it to heal. You should also work on a proper swing motion to prevent future injuries of the same kind.
Another form of elbow tendonitis that may also occur is when the outer tendons of the elbow get injured because of repetitive motions involved in golf. This is known as “tennis elbow” or lateral epicondylitis. Similar preventative & healing tactics can be used for this form of elbow tendonitis as well.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Playing golf can also result in different types of ankle or foot injuries. For instance, golfers may develop blisters or damage their foot structure because of the constant movement involved in the game. This may also happen if they wear inadequate shoes. Similarly, a golfer may sprain their ankle if they lose their balance while swinging the club, or if they neglect their footing.
Foot or ankle tendinitis, ankle sprains, and muscle inflammation are all common foot and ankle injuries golfers typically face. These can be prevented by wearing properly fitted shoes designed for golf specifically, and paying attention to foot balance.
Hip Joint Injury
The hip joint is susceptible to injuries too, when it comes to golf. When you play golf, you inevitably perform a number of motions while swinging the club. If you happen to stand in an improper posture, bend and twist awkwardly, or slide the hip, the hip joint can sustain tears. The muscles at the joint stretch beyond their capacity and cause the injury. This also ends up compromising your flexibility.
To avoid this type of hip injury, make sure you’re warming up adequately before you begin playing the game.
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