One of the most fun and relaxing ways to spend a summer day is playing a round of golf! Golfing is an excellent way for people to spend time outdoors, socialize with peers, and be physically active. However, it is essential to remember that there is a risk of injury when playing golf, just like any sport. So here are a few tips on how to protect your joints and help your golf game this summer!
The Most Common Golf-Related Pain Areas And What You Can Do:
Back and Shoulders: Golfing puts a lot of strain on your lower back, upper back, and shoulders. Your shoulders absorb the force from the ball as you swing. Motions like swinging the club, hunching over, standing, and sitting throughout the day can also lead to back pain. Rotator cuff tears, impingement, disc injuries, and muscle strains are all common golf-related injuries and could be the culprit of your pain. Posture is vital in preventing back and shoulder injuries and improving your golf swing. Try not to hunch over; stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and have your knees bent slightly.
Hands, Wrists, and Elbows: It’s no surprise that your hands, wrists, and elbows go through some strain while golfing. Elbow and wrist tendonitis can form with improper hand positioning on the club. Practice makes perfect! Make sure you have proper swinging form and grip. Consider taking lessons or watching YouTube videos on how to master your swing and reduce strain on your body. By making sure your hands are positioned correctly on the club, you can reduce your risk of injury.
Knees: Another common pain area while golfing are the knees. Golfing requires constant twisting and rotation of the knees. Knee pain can increase over time after excessive wear and tear on the joints. Down the road, this can lead to injuries such as a torn meniscus, ligament tears, or tendonitis. Avoid overusing your joints by taking some time off to rest.
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