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Golf: Don’t let the fear of injury stop you from playing the game.

A surprising fact to learn is that golfers are injured more than rugby players! 62% of amateurs and 85% of professionals will sustain a significant injury associated with playing golf. The problem is, amateur golfers don’t have sufficient fitness and often poor technique when playing, whereas professional golfers overuse different muscle groups due to the frequency that they play. Inadequate warm up can affect both amateurs and professionals.

Lower back injuries are very common with golfers and there are a few reasons for this. Firstly, a good golf swing requires significant club-head speed, which is achieved by applying a lot of force and twist through your lower back. Secondly, golf puts a lot of pressure on your spine with the average golf swing producing a load of 8 times your body weight. The most common lower back injuries are:

  • Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain
  • Disc Injury
  • Altered Joint Mechanics or Motor Control
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Fracture

Other common injuries form golf include trauma to the elbow, wrist, hand and shoulder.

So, the question is – How can you enjoy the wonderful game of golf while reducing your risk of injury? The answer is through a correct rehabilitation and maintenance routine specific for golfers. To play the game well, golf requires strength, endurance, flexibility and explosive power. And as a bonus, conditioning your body to avoid injury while playing golf helps you improve your overall performance.

An 11-week targeted conditioning program found participants:

  • Increased their clubhead speed by 7%
  • Improved their strength up to 56%
  • Improved their flexibility up to 39%
  • Increased their drive distance up to 15 yards with sustained accuracy

Whether you’re a casual golfer or serious about your game we can help you avoid injury and improve your skills. Get in contact to speak to one of our Chartered Physiotherapists so that you can keep enjoying the game that you love!

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