For those who regard golf as a gentle sport, in which the lack of aggression and strenuousness means players are rarely plagued by an injury, you are wrong.
On the contrary, golf can cause many injuries, some much more common than others. Below are five common golf injuries that can hamper a golfer’s game and leave him or her debilitated for weeks, even months.
Golfer’s Elbow / Tennis Elbow
Whereas tennis elbow is an inflammation on the outside of the upper arm close to the elbow, golfer’s elbow is an inflammation on the inside of the upper arm near to the elbow. While both conditions are common amongst golfers, ironically it is tennis elbow that affects golfers more than golfer’s elbow. Both conditions can be extremely painful and leave a golfer out of action for a considerable amount of time.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects the nerves in the hands caused by repetitive stress. As golfers repeatedly put strain on their hands, they are particularly prone to contracting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. One of the most common golf injuries, the condition can be excruciating and, when at its most severe, incapacitating.
Many regular golfers complain of back pain. This is simply due to the strain the golf swing, namely being hunched over the club, puts on a golfer’s back. Back pain within golfers can vary a great deal in its severity and can be also caused by other problems such as arthritis, a slipped disc or a stress fracture.
Trigger Finger is a condition that causes the fingers or just one finger to lock up. It is caused when the flexor tendon sheath, which enables the finger tendons to run, is inhibited and is again another of the most common golf injuries for golfers who frequently inhibit the flexor tendon sheath.
Wrist Implication Syndrome
Golf, like most sports, requires repetitive movements and some of which can unfortunately have negative consequences on the body. Wrist Implication Syndrome is one negative side effect of too many rounds of golf. Pain arises when the bones of the wrist bang into one another because of repetitive and excessive movements.
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