Golf, a game of mental and physical fitness

Whenever and wherever you play golf, common injuries will occur, here’s a list of what you can expect and what to do to prevent them, leaving you free to “bring home the trophy” pain free.

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Golf may not be the speediest of sports, but the movements the body makes are complex and can leave event the most agile of player with sore muscles.

Back pain is the number one injury in golf, especially the lower back. This is due to the fact, that the lower back is really happy to bend backwards and forwards but is really unhappy rotating. The upper body likes to rotate and so do the hips, but some golfers have got into the habit of rotating from the lower back, and this is where pain begins. Plus, you may be bending over to pick up the ball without bending your knees and carrying heavy golf bags, which just adds to the pressure.

The elbow, especially in the dominant arm may be irritated and inflamed due to over extending your swing or by overusing your forearm muscles to grip, flex and rotate your wrist and arm when swinging the club. Golfer’s elbow relates to the inner tendon while tennis elbow relates to the outer tendon.

Knees are put under stain as they try to stabilise the rotation of your hips as you begin your swing. Whilst ankles suffer from the follow through of the swing, this occurs when the body isn’t balanced, and the front foot gets bent with the body fully across it. If you can see the sole of your shoe, then you will definitely know that your ankle will be in for a whole load of pain.

Inflammation in the shoulder especially in the rotator cuff tendons will affect your swing due to pain. One of the more common causes of pain is golfers that are arm swingers rather than body swingers, these golfers are using the larger muscles in their shoulders and arms rather than using their entire body as a swinging pendulum. And finally, the wrist can be injured due to the repetitive motions of gripping your club and turning your wrist whilst swinging. Another reason is trying to get ball compression, in other words you are hitting the ground before the ball and if that ground is hard then it can damage the wrist. Inflammation in the tendons is the most common form of wrist pain.

Obviously, you want to play for months and months especially when the weather is good and many injuries are preventable with warming up before playing and practicing your body swing whether on the course or off. Remember the phrase, you should warm up to swing and not swing to warm up. Try not to tense up that puts pressure on the muscles, you need to be relaxed and supple. If injury occurs then rather than reach for pain killers, try Taylor’s CBD balm, oil or cream, it’s natural and effective. With 1000mg of CBD to calm inflation you will find deep relief and get back to playing golf quickly.

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