Avoiding Injury In Golf
Golf isn't an activity generally associated with a high injury risk, more likely to give you a mental workout than a physical one.
However, 1 in 5 golfers report a musculoskeletal injury during any calendar year.
Most common sites of injury include knees, back, shoulders and wrist. Of late there has been an increasing focus placed on the affect our lower limbs can have on both injury and performance.
With the improvement in training aid technology and swing assessment we are now able to analyse the forces acting on the body during the golf swing- allowing us to better understand the consequences of our movement pathways on both injury and performance.
Time away injured means missing out on your beloved weekend competition, and most likely more time spent doing jobs around the home…not something any of us are really interested in doing.
So what can we do to make sure we keep ourselves playing injury free now and for years to come?
- Warm up - golf is a game requiring large degrees of repetitive rotation in various body segments and at varying velocities. A structured warm up routine involving both the upper and lower limb is a good start before trying to drive the ball 300m like Jason Day.
- Are you golf fit? - The average golfer will walk 8kms over 18 holes (8000 + steps). Ensuring your body is fit enough to handle this distance over changing terrain will go a long way to keeping you off the injury list.
- Have a golf swing and musculoskeletal screening. A golf swing screening will highlight technique flaws which with repetition have the potential to cause injury (not just bad scores). A Musculo-Skeletal screening will also highlight the muscles, joints and tissues which are weak or predisposed to injury.
- Take care of your feet- they carry us around the course, are the base for every swing and provide stability for every putt. Feet control translation and rotation of the body/club system. A good pair of golf shoes is a must have and the ideal pair may change depending on the course or weather conditions. Take time to get a comprehensive lower limb assessment ensure a comfortable injury free ride!
- If this all fails and injury still occurs (sometimes accidents do happen) make sure you take all the necessary steps to rehab from this correctly. Remember- the highest chance of sustaining a new injury is inadequate rehabilitation from a previous one. Less time injured means more time spent on the course!
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- Rob Parish, Senior Podiatrist, The Biomechanics Lab
The Biomechanics Lab