Golf injuries! That’s what we are going to talk about today. You see, knowing about golf bag, club or rangefinders are never enough. Well, they are important but we often ignore the most basic topics at times with the power of reviews.
That’s not going to happen today.
Today, we are going to look at the most common golf injuries that you might have to face and how to stay away from ’em. We will talk about the precautions, the measures that you can take to stay safe and obviously, we will also talk about how to get out of injuries if you already have one.
The good news for you is the fact that we have already prepared an infographic that should solve a lot of problems. Our designers wanted to make sure that you get a visual image which will cater to the common golf injuries and their solutions. So here, you go.
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So the image is self-explaining and it has a lot of information for you. However, we are going to break down everything for you. So, there are 9 major common golf injuries that you might have to suffer when you are a golfer. Please understand that it doesn’t matter whether you are an expert or a beginner, you might get attracted to some of these injuries anyways.
What are the common injuries?
- Back pain
- Rotator cuff
- Wrist injuries
- Knee pain
- Hand & Finger injuries
- Neck injuries
- Foot & Ankle Injuries
- Hip injuries
We won’t be talking about all of them as the infographic is pretty clear. We will only talk about the top 4 which are mostly common among newbies.
Common Golf Injuries & Your Solutions
Now, we have already talked about a lot of stuff in the infographic. There is no point in rewriting them again. Therefore, in this section of the article, we are going to dive even deeper to help you recover from these injuries. Also, we wanted to tell you that we will talk about solutions that you can most likely perform at home. Obviously, you can go to a doctor for any issues. That’s common sense. Alright, Let’s start.
Back pain is more common that you can imagine. Almost everyone that you know or their friends have had or will have back pain at one point of their life. This is just a fact. This is going to happen for many reasons. However, we will stick to golf as that’s what we are talking about here.
If you are affected by back pain, here’re some solutions that you can immediately start applying.
Do regular stretching. From next time, whenever you are thinking about playing golf, go for stretching first. Stretching will help you relax those stiff muscles of the back which will eventually ensure that you have a strong back when you are playing golf. Again, this is more important than most of you realize. A regular stretch of five minutes can make a huge difference.
Here’s a video about how to do stretching before you start a golf session. This is not a golf specific stretch module but hey, it works fine.
The rotator cuff is again, very common among golfers. Fortunately, there are a ton of solutions that you can start implementing immediately to make sure that you are fine. We will talk about some of the easiest solutions that you can implement right away.
Heat & Ice
The easiest method to get rid of the rotator cuff is to use either heat or ice. The idea is simple. Heat helps your tissues to have better blood flow. Also, when you apply heat on your tissues, they get more flexible as they expand a little inside. Therefore, you get an immediate relief from pain. Sometimes, golfers also use heating pads for around 20 minutes before they start playing golf every time.
On the other hand, when you apply ice on your affected area, you get an immediate relief from pain. You will have to use ice around 12-15 minutes a day to make sure that you are actually healing. Different studies at different times proved that if you use ice regularly, you can reduce the pain comes from rotator cuff up to 50%.
Wrist injuries are more serious than rotator cuff or back pain. You use your wrist a lot so it is not like you will stop playing golf for a month and everything will be normal again. When you have a wrist injury, it is important that you take care of it as soon as possible.
Now, the first indication that you have a wrist injury is if your pain doesn’t go away after one week of rest. Golfers have a tendency to keep playing even with the pain. You should not do that if you want to cure your wrist.
Unlike the first two cases where you could easily solve the problem at home, you will now have to go to a wrist doctor who will most likely do an x-ray of your wrist to figure out the problem.
There are different types of wrist injuries when it comes to golf. The most common one is Tendon injury.
Before we finish this article, we will actually be talking about sunburn a bit. The reason that it is important to talk about sunburn is that this is more important than what people think of it is. The sun is always out there and it does not seem like a danger, does it? That’s why it is important that you actively think about the sun when you are playing golf.
Getting rid of sunburn is not difficult. First of all, take enough precautions. Always wear your hat and make sure that you are applying sunscreen before you are out there.
If you still get sunburnt, it is time to use creams, aloe and menthols to get cured.
Caution: If you see that the sunburn is going away after a few days of using creams, you will not have to do anything else. On the other hand, if you see that you are experiencing high fever, pain, dry mouth or dizziness, you should consult a doctor immediately.