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In the past, golf was seen by many as a leisure
activity for people with extra time and money to spend. Today golf is seen as a
sport, and one that appeals to younger participants.
While golf is not thought of as a dangerous sport,
the long hours of practice and the physical demands of learning and playing the
game can lead to injuries. While not all injuries can be prevented, the risk of
injuries can be reduced.
The following is a chart from the American Academy
of Pediatrics of common golf injuries and an overview of symptoms and treatment.
Also included are diagrams of 2 exercises.
Golf injuries can be divided into those that
occur from swinging a club and those that occur from the miles of walking on a
golf course. To prevent injury, athletes must have an understanding of the
stresses golf puts on the body and must prepare their bodies to handle these
Most golf injuries develop over time rather than
as a result of a single event. It is important to recognize the early signs of
an injury and seek treatment before the condition gets worse.
Also, a general warm-up before practicing or
playing can help prevent injury. This should consist of exercises that increase
circulation to the muscles and stretch the shoulders, back, hips, and legs. It
also helps to take warm-up swings with a weighted club (or 2 clubs) and hit
practice shots when possible.
This is a dynamic stretch for shoulders,
back, and hips and a good warm-up that can easily be done at the golf course
or practice range.
Stand while holding club behind
Rotate back and forth while keeping
Try to feel stretch in shoulders,
spine, and hips.
This exercise improves flexibility in hips
and low back; increases rotation and ability to "turn" when
Lie on back; cross legs.
Use top leg to push opposite knee to
floor; keep shoulders flat and pelvis on the floor.
Flexibility, strength, and overall fitness are
required to meet the physical demands of golf. Conditioning exercises to meet
these demands can improve golf performance as well as reduce injuries.
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