Golf is played by millions of people worldwide. An average golfer typically plays about 37 rounds per year and spends more day practicing. Although it isn’t a contact sport, it places significant demands on your body, which can easily lead to injuries.
Golf is a wonderful yet notoriously frustrating game. Consistency and accuracy are important factors in this sport. The more consistently the ball is hit in the desired direction, the better the player will be. To fly the ball straightly, the face of the club must connect with the ball parallel to the target. Simple as it may sound, but the swing has to be performed perfectly.
The golf swing is a complex series of movements. If a golfer has poor coordination of his body segments, lacking flexibility, or lacking control and strength, he is limited by his physical capabilities to perform a good swing.
Injuries in Professional and Amateur Golfers
The effects of everyday living are progressive and insidious. Daily posture and movement can affect your ability to work optimally in a golf swing. Poorly using your body over the years can lead to muscle imbalances. Poor movement habits develop as we compensate for existing injuries. Because of these, we tend to develop new injuries. All these can manifest in your golf swing, which is the reason why playing golf is not that simple at all.
Professional and recreational golfers sustain different injuries. The pros hit the ball further often because of modern equipment and altered swing techniques. They replicate the same swing over a couple of thousand times in a week, chanelling forces through precise musculoskeletal areas and generating clubhead speeds of over 100mph.
In professional golfers, 25% of the injuries are led by forced absence from competition of over a month. In amateurs this burden of injury can be even greater.
Whilst some injuries are “uncontrollable”, 80% of injuries in professionals are caused by overuse. The most commonly injured areas among these players are the wrists, back, shoulders, and hips, with the dominant side more frequently affected.
Amateur golfers are generally older, plays less frequently, and swings less consistently, which therefore results in different injury patterns. Their most commonly affected areas are lower back and elbow. Compared to professional golfers, they have fewer injuries from overuse.
Recreational golfers are more likely to exacerbate pre-existing conditions or experience random acute injuries.
Golfer’s elbow, technically known as medial epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the tendons that attach forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at the elbow. This injury predominates among golfers.
How Physiotherapy Helps
Almost every physical injury will have a disastrous effect on your game. Because of this, it is important that your injury is treated and managed correctly for you to be able to return confidently to the golf course and keep playing.
Imbalances in your flexibility, stability, posture, balance, and sequencing all contribute to faulty swings, postural dysfunction and injury. A physiotherapist can identify these imbalances and construct a treatment plan that will suit to your condition.
Physiotherapy helps golfers correct swing faults, improve performance, reduce risk of injury, and improve golf-specific fitness training. Here at i Physio Perth, we have deep understanding of injury patterns which is important so we can give you appropriate injury prevention and treatment strategies.
Physiotherapy sessions with any of our Perth physiotherapists bring a rewarding experience when you get back to golf course and perform that perfect swing without pain. Call us today at 9444 8729!