Although many people think of golf as a safe, non-contact sport, statistics in the UK show that around 12,000 golfers a year require hospital treatment as a direct result of injury on the golf course. As well as injuries that require immediate attention there are also long-term injuries that arise for those who play golf regularly.
Common injury sites for golfers include:
In terms of back pain, the golf swing and the often hunched over putting stance puts great strain on the back and so it comes as no surprise that this is the most common complaint among golfers. There are a number of potential causes for back pain in golfers; mechanical, disc-related, arthritis or stress fracture.
The diagram below illustrates the potential damage that can be caused to discs in the back through golfing injuries:
Everyone has heard the term “tennis elbow” however; golfers elbow, an inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow is a very common complaint among golf players.
As with any sport, the expert advice is to participate safely to avoid injury and if injury does occur do not leave it in the hope it will go away. At The Wellness Hub we offer osteopathy, physiotherapy and massage therapy services to ease away all your golfing injuries