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Bowling is an activity enjoyed by men and women, adults and children alike. Whether pursuing the game professionally, or just enjoying some fun with the family, bowling can create opportunities for injuries to occur. The movements necessary for bowling put repetitive stress on the structures of the upper extremity particularly the wrist, elbow and shoulder joints.

Performing the same activities over an over again can cause wear and tear on the structures of the body most active when participating in bowling. In addition to the upper extremity, the areas of the body most prone to bowling-related injuries include the back, knee and hip.

A medical professional specifically trained in the treatment of sports-related injuries, like a sports physical therapist, should be consulted to properly diagnose a bowling injury and determine the best course of treatment.

Bowling Injury Causes

  • Bowling too many times within a week time period.
  • Bowling too rapidly during a game, and not allowing for rest between turns.
  • Not having the necessary strength or flexibility to bowl, but participating anyway
  • A bowling ball that is improperly fitted for the bowler’s hand
  • A bowling ball that is too heavy for the bowler
  • Falls, which can be associated with technique, equipment, distractions, etc.

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