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Golf Injuries More Common Than Thought



Golf isn’t the first sport that comes to mind when you think of injured athletes, but you might be surprised at the number of injuries doctors see. From Tiger Woods to the casual weekend golfer, aches and pains in the lower back, elbow, shoulder, hand, and wrist can affect your game or keep you at home.

Golf injuries can occur from overuse, improper technique, or in a sudden moment during a swing.

Woods has undergone two knee surgeries, the most recent in April. Fellow professional golfer Fred Couples has battled back problems throughout his career. But the weekend golfer is more likely to suffer an injury than a professional golfer because of improper technique.

This summer, take some preventative measures to avoid injuries while on the links.

  • Elbow injuries are common. To avoid them, strengthen your forearm muscles by squeezing a tennis ball, doing wrist curls and reverse wrist curls.
  • Before starting a round of golf, warm up your muscles by stretching to avoid soreness and strain after the game.
  • Strengthen and condition your entire body. Being in peak physical shape is the best advice for avoiding and recovering from an injury.
  • Slow your swing so that there will be less shock in the elbow and shoulder when you hit the ball and to avoid straining your back.
  • Take lessons from a golf instructor to perfect your stance, swing, and technique to prevent injury.
  • Make sure your clubs are the correct length and are a comfortable fit for you.


Visit Appen Newspapers for more on golf injuries, including tips from Dr. Snehal Dalal, an orthopaedic surgeon with Southern Orthopaedic Specialists.


June 2008



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