Golf is usually considered a benign and injury free activity, especially compared to sports such as rugby, running and surfing. However an investigation a few years ago of golfing injuries makes for interesting reading. A survey of 522 female golfers in the Victorian pennants competition was completed by investigators from the Journal of Science Medicine and Sport, their findings were as follows:
- More than 1/3 of the participants (35.2%) had sustained a golfing injury in the previous 12 months.
- The lower back was the most commonly injured area.
- The most common self reported mechanism of injury was overuse (43.6%) followed by technical error (18.0%).
- Of the 184 injuries reported, 154 required treatment by a health professional with Physiotherapists the most often group consulted.
- Performance was affected in 78.9% of players with 69.7% of injured golfers missing games or practice due to injury.
At Loftus Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation and i Physio Perth we are currently running a Golf Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Program to ensure golfers are able to enjoy the game without risking injury or losing valuable practice time. Call 93285900 to get started today!