Golf is a casual activity that can be played by people of all ages. Golf is a leisurely sport and injury risk is relatively low when compared to such other sports as football. However injuries can still occur.
The most common injuries are to the:
- Lower back – Most frequent complaint among golfers is lower back pain.
- Wrist – injuries to the wrist are common due to overuse and/or by hitting the ground during a swing.
- Elbow – Golfer’s can suffer a similar injury as in tennis (Tennis Elbow), called Golfer’s elbow. It’s caused by a repeated motion that causes the tendons in your elbow to become inflamed.
- Shoulders – Swinging a golf club can put a strain on your shoulder muscles, particularly as you get older.
Some of the things that you should consider in addition to stretch exercises before you play are:
- Reduce your grip pressure and loosen up your arm muscles during a swing. The tight grip and arm muscles actually reduce your flexibility and golf swing.
- Consider changing from steel to graphite shafts to reduce arm strain at impact.
- Whenever practicing, try to hit off the grass instead of the rubber mats.
- In your swing, try to avoid contact with rocks, trees or sprinkler heads.
- During the backswing always bring the club head back slowly.