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...

Get Golfing Tips at the Toronto Golf and Travel Show

This week the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is host to the Golf and Travel Show, a weekend-long extravaganza of all-things-golf-and-travel, presented by The Toronto Star. Visitors will be treated to such events as a live presentation from the Putting Doctor and from Michael Breed, host of the hit television show The Golf Fix. Whether you spend all summer on the green or just play the occasional Sunday game, this show offers something for every golfer. In preparation for the imminent arrival of the 2014 golf season, here are our top 5 golfing tips to get you ready for the show (and the green)! Equipment. We've all heard it – this club does this, these shoes do that – but really, it isn’t what you are wearing or using that sinks the putt, is it? So, don’t just run out there and buy the most expensive golfing attire and equipment in the hopes that these will improve your game. Speak with someone who actually knows what you should be looking for. If you're playing with a club that you purchased just because Mike Weir uses it, you may actually be harming your game. Beginners (or those of you who have ‘experience’...