Golf is a trendy sport that many people choose for health improvement as well as a form of relaxation. Although classified as a lower intensity game than other sports, the rate of golfers experiencing injuries is actually quite high. Golf requires players to have good physical strength, high concentration and precise techniques. The vast majority of both amateur and professional players are prone to injuries from improper practice and overexertion. If left untreated, injuries can develop into chronic diseases that affect the function of joints and muscles.
Learning the types of injuries as well as how to prevent them will be very useful for golfers to proactively protect their health.
Common Injuries When Playing Golf
Here are 9 common injuries that golfers should pay attention to.
When a golfer plays the sport, the twisting motion (swing) can put a lot of pressure on the spine and muscles. At the same time, the bent posture when playing for a long time can cause back muscle spasms, leading to serious injuries. To limit these injuries, you should practice more stretching exercises to increase the flexibility of your back muscles.
Tendonitis in the elbow
Tendonitis in the elbow is common among golfers. Golf elbow syndrome occurs when there is damage to the inner tendon area. These injuries are usually sustained when a player makes the swing.
Shoulder rotator cuff can be injured from the great stress of swinging, hitting an obstacle such as a tree root or a rock, or from overtraining. At the same time, the repetitive movements when playing golf can cause players to develop tendonitis, bursitis or torn shoulder muscles. The pain in the shoulder increases when the player swings or raises his arms above his head.
Continuous movements at a fast speed can lead to an injured wrist. The most common condition experienced by golfers is tendinitis – a swelling of the tendon.
When the player starts to swing, the knee must be subjected to a great deal of tension to balance the axis of rotation of the hip. The intense force of continuous impact on the knee over a long period of time will cause the ligaments to be damaged, torn, which causes severe pain in the knee joint.
Hand and finger injuries
Moving at a fast and continuous speed when playing golf will cause damage to the hands and fingers. The most common is tendonitis, fracture or deformity of the finger bone.
This type of injury is most common in golf beginners who are not used to sudden twists and turns. After a few hours of playing golf, the neck muscles can be shortened, making the neck stiff and painful .
Foot and ankle injuries
Foot injuries occur when a golfer loses balance with his foot, makes a wrong swing, or hits the ball on an uneven surface.
Sprains, tendonitis of the ankle or metatarsal, and blisters of the foot are common injuries.
The hip muscles are usually very flexible and can handle a lot of pressure. However, it is very susceptible to injury because of the series of twisting movements made by playing golf.
When a person performs these movements, the hip muscles are heavily dependent on pulling, flexing, and extension actions, and they are repeated. Therefore, it requires the glutes and adductor muscles to work closely throughout. It is these rotational and sliding effects that will damage the lower back and hip joints.
How to treat golf injuries effectively without drugs
Playing golf with incorrect technique or practicing too much can very easily lead to injuries. If not treated properly, the conditions will worsen.
Using pain relievers is the quick choice of many patients. However, in reality, this is a solution that only provides temporary pain relief. When the drug is stopped, the patient still has to face persistent pain, maybe even worse.
According to the doctors at the ACC Clinic, in order for the treatment to be highly effective, the patient needs to be examined to determine the exact cause and location of the damaged or misaligned joint structure. From there, the doctor will recommend the appropriate treatment.
There have been many foreign and local patients with golf injuries who can recover after being treated at the ACC clinic. ACC’s trauma treatment is a comprehensive combination of chiropractic, physiotherapy and rehabilitation with the support of most advanced equipment as well as foot orthotics.
Chiropractic is a method of using hands to correct misaligned structures, returning them to their natural position and reducing pressure on spinal nerves, thereby healing pain without drugs or surgery.
Physiotherapy is applied in combination with spinal manipulation to restore function for patients. Thanks to support equipment such as Decompression Traction System (DTS) for spinal decompression and movement therapy device of ATM2, patients recover with rapid spine rehabilitation and are able to have early return to normal activities. In addition, other methods such as shockwave, high-intensity laser of the 4th generation help stimulate blood circulation, regenerate damaged structures, and accelerate the healing process. In addition, the doctor may instruct patient to use Rock-Tape for taping at home, to help stabilize the muscle, relieve pain quickly and shorten the treatment time.
Foot orthotics for patients with flat feet help to keep the body balanced and are able to correct any deviation of the body, preventing pain.
To avoid injuries when playing golf, players need to follow the correct golfing techniques, equip themselves with suitable exercise equipment, avoid overtraining, pay attention to warm-up and perform stretching exercises before starting to play.