The Top 5 Golf Injuries

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The 0-100 speed of the golf swing can put a tremendous amount of stress on the body; especially on your spine and joints. The majority of golfers today have experienced some sort of golf-related injuries—read on for a list of the top five golf injuries.

Back pain

The rotational stresses of the golf swing can place considerable pressure on the spine and muscles. Multiply that with the fact that golfers spend countless hours in a bent-over stance, repeating the same motion endless times, it is no wonder that playing golf can cause muscle spasms in the back that can easily lead to debilitating injuries.

Tendinitis

This is the most common condition affecting the elbow and wrists of golfers worldwide. Elbow tendinitis is frequently referred to as ‘tennis elbow’ when the inflammation is to the outer tendon, and ‘golfer’s elbow’ when pain is to the inner elbow. The risk of getting tendinitis increases with age and is higher for golfers due to the repetitious nature of the game, impact and the hyperextension at impact.

Knee pain

Knee pain occurs from the strain placed on the pivot knee to stabilize the rotation of the hip during the downswing. Extreme force placed on the knee can result in torn ligaments and may further exacerbate arthritis over time.

Shoulder pain

Pain may be felt in the shoulder either at the top of the backswing or on the follow thru of the downswing. Injuries to the rotator cuff can be sustained through traumatic force resulting from poor mechanics, improper warm-up, taking a deep pivot, and/or from overuse. Golfers can develop tendinitis, bursitis, and tears in the rotator cuff due to the repetitive motion of the golf swing.

Hip injuries

The hip joint is vulnerable to injury during golf, since high amounts of pressure is placed on the joint and surrounding muscles during the swing. During the golf swing, the external rotation of the hips during a swing can put significant strain on the joint when practiced frequently. It is these rotational and shear forces that cause injuries such as groin strains and lower back injuries.

Solutions

Improving swing mechanics, participating in golf-specific workouts, buying properly fitted equipment, avoiding long practice sessions, always performing a warm up routine before practice and play, and (golf-specific) stretching frequently will help to reduce injuries.

With all these common injuries, golfers tend to make multiple visits to their massage therapist to help lessen their pain. The Pado Pure-Wave will allow you to experience a deep tissue massage all while in the comfort of your own home. This unique massager includes a total of six attachments all geared toward different parts of the body.

The Pado Pure-Wave can dramatically cause relief in the areas where golfers experience the most pain. This unique massager offers a deep tissue massage that leaves you feeling improved, relaxed and carefree. It helps penetrate deep into your muscles increasing blood flow, circulation and mobility. Using Pure-Wave post round can also help heal scar tissue and inflammation of the tendons and muscles.

By adding the Pure-Wave into your normal routine both pre and post round, you will see a dramatic effect on your performance during the game. Deep tissue massages not only reduce stress and hormone levels, they also increase blood flow by triggering the release of serotonin and therefore boosting your mood.

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See also: Avoiding Lower-back Injuries

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