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Golf Injury Advice from Physio Chris Perkins

Common Golf Injuries

In this blog post Chris Perkins Physiotherapist at West Coast Health talks about how to deal with common golf injuries.

Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world and played from all ages from a 3 year of up to those in their 90’s. There are around 390 000 total club members in Australia. The average age for club members is 56 Based on this as the average age there are several common injuries we see in golf.

Common Golf Injuries

The top 10 golf injuries are outlined below.

1. Low Back Pain – there are many different sources of back pain that can be injured with golf including:

  • Facet joint compression
  • Muscle tension – Quadratus lumborum, erector spinae
  • Back degeneration
  • Lumbar Stenosis – narrowing of the spine

2. Golfers Elbow – irritation of the muscle / tendon attachment at the front of your forearm where it connects to the inside of the elbow.

3. Knee Pain:

  • Patello-femoral / kneecap irritation
  • Meniscus + Joint arthritis

4. Tennis elbow – Outside of forearm at elbow.

5. Shoulder impingement – a jamming between the ball and socket joint.

6. Wrist Sprain / tendonitis – compression of wrist based on grip position.

7. Hip Impingement – can refer groin and front of hip pain.

8. Hip Bursitis – side hip pain from a lot of walking on the course.

9. Achilles tendonitis – heel pain from the walking + stop/start.

10. Plantar Fasciitis – foot arch muscle pain

Golf injuries

Prevention and Treatment Ideas

There are a number actions you can take to prevent and treat these golfing injuries. These are outlined below.

  • Warm up before Golf – even do a stretch routine before driving to the course. Should include pigeon pose, hip flexor, Lumbar rotation, Forearm muscles, lower back hangs.
  • Good technique – getting some coaching lessons can help add some simple changes to make your swing more efficient.
  • Prepare your body with good baseline leg strength, grip strength, and flexibility around the hips.
  • Foam Roller – for the mid to upper back and ITB / thigh.
  • Pec and Lats stretches.
  • Hang the body over.

If you haver any further question on golfing injuries or sporting injuries please feel free to contact the team at West Coast Health via admin@wchphysiokarrinyup.com.au .

 

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