Let's reduce the risk of injuries relating to golf. This will help reduce time off and improve enjoyment for the game.
Injuries are often different between amateur and professional golfers. Typical sites for injury among amateur golfers can include the low back and elbow. Suggested factors that cause these can be:
Lack of warming up
Poor movement patterns in the golf swing
This is how I see it for golfers... Often, golfers will try and make a swing that their body cannot do or control. Maybe due to limited mobility and/or strength. For example, trying to make a big backswing with limited thoracic spine mobility, and/or hip mobility, increasing the stress on the low back (lumbar vertebrae). Often not getting injured straight away, but overtime, with repetitive use, they do. Secondly, limited strength and muscle balance. Trying to make a swing too quickly or that they cannot perform under control (as above), puts stress on the muscles and joints. A strong and resilient body will be able to manage more stress, reducing the risk of injury. Another way to look at this might be, knowing what your body can handle and trying to swing within your own limits (i.e. load management during the golf swing). Not warming up properly is unfortunately far too common with golfers and performing a proper warm up could possibly reduce some injuries. Additionally, hitting too many balls on the driving range (especially too many drivers) or suddenly playing or practising more (i.e. not properly managing load or organising practise progressively) can often lead to overuse injuries. Here's how to help reduce the risk of golf related injuries: 1. Make sure to have golf lessons 2. Improve Strength (HERE) & Mobility (HERE) 3. Planning training and practise to progress safely 4. Warm Up properly (warm Up Ideas HERE) Here's a Free eBook to improve Mobility, Strength and Power at Home (3-short workouts included). Check out Golf Fitness On Demand HERE. It includes home and gym workouts and programmes to help improve fitness for golf and life. Including sessions from 5-30 minutes.