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3 Common Injuries for Golfers (and What to do about Them)

Golfing may seem like a "less active" sport, especially to those who don't participate in the activity. I know people who see players riding around in a golf cart, enjoying lunch at the clubhouse and standing on the green putting, and think it's not much of a strain. What they don't realize is that golf can be quite taxing on the body. That's why golfers find it is important to stay fit and strong, which helps to avoid some of the most common golf injuries. Most of these injuries are caused by the repetitive motion of working on your swing.

1. Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles in your shoulder. They are all important for maintaining the range of motion this complex joint offers. Your shoulders get a big workout when golfing, so this is one of the most common injuries for those who spend a lot of time on the course. There are two different types of rotator cuff injuries: impingement, which is a loss of range of motion caused by swelling, or a tear. Strength training focused on the shoulders, back, and core, like the classes offered at SwingFitt™, can help to prevent these.

2. Golfer's Elbow

Golfer's elbow is an inflammation of the inner tendon of the arm joint. It is very similar to tennis elbow, an inflammation of the outer tendon. Contrary to what the names of these frustrating injuries would have you believe, golfers can get either one of them. To prevent tendonitis, another name for the swelling of any tendon, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to rest in between golf sessions and use proper technique. If you do find yourself with a sore elbow, you'll have to put your clubs away for a while because the best cure is rest.

3. Wrist Tendonitis

While tendonitis of the wrist doesn't have a special sport-specific name, it is a very common occurrence for golfers. Frequent use and strain of the delicate muscles and tendons in the area may lead to this condition. To avoid it, there are special wrist strengthening exercises you can do before you head out to work on your game. Some of these are as simple as making a fist and releasing it, and others are more complex.

At the end of the day, the best way to avoid injury is to ensure you have a regular fitness regimen, which is tailored to your sport, in addition to your practices. Athletes age 18 and under should not be lifting weights, rather, they should be doing cardio and strength training, and programs like SwingFitt™. Plus, it goes without saying, that stretching before any athletic activity is a must, as is proper rest and recovery after the activity. Address pain and soreness immediately with ice and rest, and if the pain continues, consult a physician.

Questions? We are here to help, so feel free to reach out!

Melissa Pranzo is the Founder of SwingFitt™ and Swing4All.org. She is a life-long elite athlete, trainer, and lover of life and sports. Melissa and her son, Cooper, live in Tampa where SwingFitt™ and Swing4All.org are based.

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