Understanding and Preventing Golf Injuries

Why are so many golfers are injured every year – 27 million injuries annually, according to some estimates? Here’s what Jeff Blanchard, DC, a chiropractor and golf professional who specializes in preventing and treating golf injuries, has to say on the subject: “The average [amateur] has no warm-up or stretching protocols for golf. They are swinging the club with violent, intermittent effort. If ever there were a recipe for injury, this would be it. In addition to intermittent “grip it and rip it” golf swings, many have varied amounts of pre-existing postural dysfunction and poor flexibility. When you add it all up, it’s no wonder so many amateur golfers become injured. They are suffering from repetitive strain injuries due to lack of flexibility, postural instability and poor swing mechanics.”

The majority of injuries that occur in golf result from unusual demands put on bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves, especially if you haven’t been active for a period of time and/or if you don’t know how to properly swing a golf club. Common golf-related injuries in professional golfers involve the wrist, followed by the back, hand, shoulder, and knee; while for amateur golfers, the most common injuries involve the lower back, followed by the elbow, wrist, shoulder, and knee.

Needless to say that’s a considerable amount of potential injuries from an activity that doesn’t involve any contact with another player! The good news is that by understanding the proper (and improper) way to swing an golf club and which exercises can prepare your body for injury-free golf, you can enjoy one of America’s favorite leisure-time activities day after day, year after year.

Read more [via To Your Health]

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