You wouldn't think it, but golf is a high-injury sport. It requires quite a bit of coordination, strength, and flexibility throughout your body. Proper technique is the key but unfortunately, most amateurs don't have good technique. If you are continuously injuring yourself when golfing, you might want to seek out a professional to assess your golf swing.
The number one complaint of avid golfers is lower back pain. You might also suffer from elbow, wrist or shoulder injuries. To combat these you can do the following things:
- When you get home from golfing, ice the affected area immediately for 10 to 20 minutes. This will cut down on the inflammation.
- Stretching is critical and should be done every day. Target your hips, back, shoulders, and arms.
- Strength training should be done at least twice a week.
- Avoid overuse by limiting the time you golf each day, as well as the number of times you head out per week. Less wear and tear on the joints will give them time to heal.
Hopefully you stay healthy this summer and can golf to your heart's content. Fore!!!