Dealing with Injuries

Golf is traditionally characterized as a relatively injury-free activity, without the risks of more rigorous sports. Unfortunately, golf is associated with a significant number of injuries, even in younger players. Golf stresses the body in unique ways, due to the repetitive nature of the golf swing. The most common areas of injury are the low back, elbow, shoulders, hands and wrists.

It is sensible to have players screened by a physiotherapist prior to participating in a physical training or serious golf practice. Physiotherapists can assess strengths and weaknesses in the body and recommend remedial exercises to make sure there is minimal risk of injury while playing, practicing, and training. This should be done once per year. A good physical training programme will also help prevent injuries.