Of all the popular modern sports, golf is perhaps the least physically demanding, especially when it comes to injuries suffered while out on the field. The injuries that do occur from playing golf are almost always muscular and joint-related, often from repeating the same actions a few too many times and putting extra stress on certain parts of the body.
For those that find they’re prone to aches and pains after a day on the course, use these tips to ease any suffering.
Improving a swing means devoting hundreds of hours remaining hunched over the club, trying to aim just right. This, along with rotational stressed from constant swinging can quickly start wearing the back out, causing pain and discomfort. Lower back pain tends to be the most common, but it’s not uncommon for pain to be found between the shoulder blades. Preventing back issues is relatively simple, and can be done by practising the correct postures and regularly exercising the muscles involved. When back pain has occurred, it’s best to get some rest, and adding hot and cold packs can speed up recovery.
While both are technically known medically as tendinitis, golf elbow tends to affect the inner tendons of the arm while tennis elbow affects the outer tendons. Tendinitis, similarly to back pain, is caused by not making use of the right swinging techniques coupled with lack of exercise in the affected area. Rest is the most recommended way of fixing tendinitis, and practising goof swing techniques can ensure that it does not happen again in the future.
Just as tendinitis can affect the tendons in the arms, it can spread even further to the wrists, which can become inflamed, painful, and fatigued after enough time, which can lead to a weaker grip on the club and overall worse performance on the course, as well as difficulty typing or playing mobile online slots Australia. One of the best ways to make sure that tendinitis in the wrist is reduced as much as possible is by conditioning and strengthening both the wrists and the forearms between games. Wrist and forearm exercises are recommended, and usually only take a few minutes a day to complete, allowing for stronger swings in the future and less pain in the wrists.
Stabilising the hips after the beginning of a swing puts a lot of stress and strain on the knees. Knees are prone to damage over time, and weaken as people get older. One way to try and avoid any knee pain and damage is to exercise before starting on the course. Stretching calves, hamstrings, core muscles, and thighs is a good way of making sure that the body is warmed up and flexible enough to take on a few hours out on the course. It’s also a good idea to invest in a quality pair of comfortable shoes that offer good arch support.