Chips & Divots: Avoiding Common Golf Injuries

Golfers are prone to certain injuries due to the repetitive movements of each swing. We’ve got some advice on how to avoid these common injuries so you can stay in the game!

Lower Back
Lower back pain is the most common complaint among golfers – your swing and stance can put great strain on this area. According to a 2004 study by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), changing your swing and “increasing the range of motion of lumbar spine extension and rotation of the lead hip” can help this pain. Some other tips are having someone else carry your golf bag, and strengthening the muscles in your torso area with certain exercises.

Elbow
There are two types of common elbow injuries among golfers – golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), which can be caused by striking the ground first during your shot, and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), which can be caused by over-extending your swing. Both are usually a result of bad form, so be sure to work on your swing or maybe even seek lessons from a professional. Other helpful options are stretching, strength training, using a brace and icing your elbow after you play.

Wrist
It’s easy for the lead wrist used in your golf swing to become overused. Work on form and strengthening the muscles in your hand and arms to avoid wrist pain and injuries.

Shoulder
The main muscles used in a golf swing are the latissimus, pectoralis and subscapularis muscles, all located in the shoulder area. Arthritis, rotator cuff issues and impingement syndrome can result from overuse of these muscles, greatly affecting your swing. To avoid these injuries, warm up before hitting the green, and strengthen your core and range of motion with certain exercises.

Seek professional medical help if you experience serious or sudden pain or injury.

Use these tips to stay safe on the green when golfing at Avalon Golf Club in Cape May Court House, Heritage Links Golf Club in Ocean View, Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range in Rio Grande, Laguna Oaks Golf Course in Cape May Court House or Sand Barrens Golf Club in Swainton.

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