Golf Injury Prevention and Performance
The majority of golf-related injuries are overuse injuries caused by the repetitive strain placed on the body by completing motions over and over. Because of this, improper swing mechanics plays a large role on the development of golf injuries.
Other ways to avoid injury include
- Proper swing mechanics, to avoid putting additional stress on the joints of the back, shoulder, and elbow
- Warming-up prior to participating in a round of golf (start with gentle putting and chipping to finally driving)
- Strengthening and conditioning programs designed by a sports health professional to improve performance and decrease the risk of injury
- Core exercises to strengthen the upper body and lower the risk of back and joint injuries
- Stay hydrated to avoid heat related illness (consume water or sports drinks)
- Proper equipment can help decrease the risk of blisters on the hands and fingers, avoid skin injuries like sunburn, and provide support for proper mechanics.
- Selecting clubs with larger grips
- Softer grips
- Neutral grip
- Irons with lessen vibration due to larger heads and “sweet spots”
- Graphite clubs will also lessen the vibration
- Correct club length with the end of the club extending slightly beyond the palm of the lead hand.
- Have a golf pro help select equipment