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Golf Injury Risk Factors

There are intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury. Intrinsic factors are a child’s individual musculoskeletal issues, which can include skeletal immaturity (bones and joints that are still developing) or muscle weakness. Extrinsic factors are the environment in which an athlete performs, which can include the level of competition: how much, how hard and how long play lasts.

Other common risk factors for golf injuries include

  • Poor flexibility, which is particularly damaging for all four phases of the golf swing (backswing, downswing, acceleration/ball strike, and follow through), which can stress the joints of the upper extremity.
  • Traumatic injuries that occur due to the golfer striking the ground or another object with the club.
  • Repetition of the motions involved in playing golf puts repeated stress on the joints including the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hips, knees, and ankles.