Golfer’s Day, on April 10, celebrates not just the sport, but also the men and women who play it. The history of golf is debatable, but by the late 19th century, the sport was played internationally, including in the U.S.
Golf is now considered one of the top sports to play and watch, especially in South Florida, where there are countless courses to enjoy. Even though golf is not a contact sport, players can still suffer from injuries. Many of the injuries are musculoskeletal and develop over time from overuse.
Some of the most common golfing injuries include:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- DeQuervain's tenosynovitis
- Trigger finger
- Wrist impaction syndrome
These specific injuries do not include the common knee, hip, back, and neck pain many golfers will experience.
Golf looks easy, but to become a good golfer, it takes practice, practice, and then some more practice. As a result, you are more likely to be injury prone in the beginning if you do not know how to prevent these common golfing injuries.
Here are a few ways to stay in shape on the course and not get hurt.
- Use proper posture
- Stay smooth as you power through a swing
- Don’t overswing – it can put more stress on your joints
- Add strength training exercises into your regimen
- Stretch regularly to improve range of motion
- Lift and carry your clubs carefully
- Choose proper footwear
- Be sure to complete a warm-up
Most importantly, amateur and pro players can prevent injuries by improving swing mechanics, buying properly fitted equipment, avoiding long sessions, and warming up before they play.
Many professional golfers are advocates of chiropractic care. Consistent adjustments can help golfers avoid injuries, reduce pain caused by injuries, and increase mobility. A study examining treatment options for low back pain in athletes, including golfers, revealed that superficial heat, such as hot packs, and spinal manipulation were the most strongly supported therapies in back pain management.
Chiropractic care can also extend beyond treating injuries. Your chiropractor can recommend specific exercises and stretches that will help you strengthen the muscles commonly used while golfing.
If you play golf and want to prevent an injury or find pain relief, schedule an appointment with a ChiroCare of Florida doctor today. Our chiropractors can develop a personalized treatment plan.