How to manage knee pain from golf

5 Ways To Manage Knee Pain For Golf

Photo: Pexels Most people don't realize that golf isn't a low impact sport. The forces generated around the lead leg knee during the golf swing are tremendous. In the case of professional golfers who hit enormous numbers of golf balls in practice and also in play, this can lead to a tear of the large ligament of the knee known as the ACL or anterior cruciate ligament. The most famous injury of this nature was Tiger Woods. Golf can and does take a toll on your body. In particular, walking up and down hills, getting in and out of the golf cart, bending down to pick up balls on the putting green or out of the hole puts a lot of stress on the knees. The average golfer being in the older range of the population could have underlying osteoarthritis -- a major source of knee pain. How do you prevent knee pain in golf? There are a few ways you can prevent long-term knee injury. 1. Proper Golf Biomechanics Abnormal movements in the knee as a result of poor swing form can lead to excessive force, and therefore damage in the knees, including things like tears of the meniscus....

how to manage wrist pain from golf

Tips for Managing Golf Wrist Pain

Photo: Pexels To begin with, how do you know you've had a wrist injury? Well, obviously pain in the wrist is an indicator. But swelling in the wrist after playing, a feeling of weakness in the wrists or hands, numbness in the hands, or the appearance of a small lump on the back of the wrist (known as a ganglion) are also potential signs. Ganglions could occur after an acute injury, like taking too large a divot, or in fact, could occur as a repetitive type of injury after playing repeatedly. How Do You Prevent Wrist Injuries? Here are a few common ways to prevent the onset of wrist pain. 1. Effective Warm-Ups Warming up is perhaps one of the most important things. We do not advise stretching before a round of golf. Instead, warm up the muscles by simply going through the normal movement of golf, that is swinging the club lightly several times. Go to the driving range before your round and hit some balls lightly with a quarter swing, and then a half swing. This is probably the best way to warm up. Stretching is best after a round. 2. Improve Wrist Strength and Flexibility So once...

Getting relief from Golfer’s elbow

How To Get Relief From Golfer’s Elbow

Photo: Pexels Golfer’s elbow is a condition medically known as medial epicondylitis of the elbow. The forearm muscles that go from the pinkie finger up to the inner part of the elbow attach right to the bone, and it's that point of attachment that becomes inflamed in golfer's elbow. It's most commonly related to repetitive stress. You can prevent golfer's elbow with the following techniques: Not gripping the club too hard Wearing a golf glove to help with the grip Using proper technique, i.e., a proper stance and hand position on the club A relatively lighter grip, enough to control the club but not so much as to tighten up the forearm muscles substantially Wrist flexibility exercises Forearm muscle exercises Strength exercises like wrist rolls and wrist curls Further Reading on Golf Injuries: Keep Swinging And Prevent Golf Injuries Keep Your Golf Game In Top Form With These Fitness Tips Dealing With The Golf Swing Injury How Do You Treat Golfer's Elbow? Well, the first approach would be to use simple pain medication like ibuprofen to try and reduce inflammation and to relieve some discomfort. Icing the affected area is also helpful, as is wearing a tennis elbow brace. This...

Keep Swinging and Prevent Common Golf Injuries

The 4th Annual Joe Carter Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament supporting the Children's Aid Foundation, is right around the corner. Celebrities will be tee-off at Eagle's Nest Golf Club in Maple on June 18th, having fun showing off their skills while raising money. But just because you and I may not been invited to play alongside the stars in that fundraiser doesn't mean that we take our game any less seriously. And an important part of training and readying ourselves for the game means avoiding common golf injuries. Most golfers, no matter their skill-level, are aware of some of the aches and pains that accompany the game. Back pain, shoulder pain or knee pain are the result of common golf injuries that stem from stance and swing. Repetition can lead to carpel tunnel syndrome; tennis elbow and golfer's elbow are also common (although, ironically, tennis elbow is more common that golfer's elbow). These golf injuries plague many players, so working to avoid them is crucial if you want to stay on the fairways. How can you avoid common golf injuries and keep swinging? A golf injury prevention program offered by a sports injury clinic is always a good idea. Designed to...

Keep Your Golf Game in Top Form with These Golf Fitness Tips

With the US Open just around the corner, many golfers are thinking about tweaking their game. Players taking to the green in June know how to hit a ball. But a great deal of golf success involves golf fitness and avoiding golf injuries - after all, you can't take home that million dollar purse if you're not in top form. While many of us don't play at the same level as those competing in tournaments, it doesn't mean we should settle for not being in good shape and prepared for a day on the course. Keeping that in mind, here are some important golf fitness tips to keep your body limber and your swing tight! Golf fitness tip #1 - Notwithstanding the reiteration of what was hammered into our heads in elementary school (to stretch before partaking in any sport), remember that stretching before the game is crucial if you want to be on the top of your game while avoiding golf injuries. Exercises that will increase your power, mechanics and flexibility will help target every aspect of your golf game, allowing your body to warm up and stay sharp throughout the day. Golf fitness tip #2 - Remember that just pre-game stretching...

Gearing Up For The 2013 Golf Season: Avoid Golf Injuries Before They Happen

As March winds down and the snow melts we start to see golf courses welcoming players onto the tee. It is also pretty common to see those early bird golfers out there perfecting their swing at neighbouring driving ranges at the first possible chance. If you‘re hooked on golf, warm weather is constantly tempting and prompting you to fit a game in as often as you possibly can!! But how do you prepare for the golf season before it starts? Do you head out and find yourself a new set of clubs? Purchase some new golf shoes? These tasks will make you look stylish but do nothing to prepare your body for the course. While some don‘t see golf as a strenuous sport, those who play - and know the game - recognize that it‘s a great form of exercise, working several different muscles in your body. Like many other sports, golf too has common injuries that people struggle with. Golf injuries can come from a variety of different factors - be it inexperience or repetition. Avoiding golf injuries is crucial if you want to keep up your normal level of play. A sports injury clinic that offers a golf...