With the 2018 Masters Tournament about to dominate our TV screens, it will probably inspire many to head out on the golf course and practice their swing. However, nothing ruins a game of golf more than an injury, especially one that could have been prevented. Whether you have suffered an injury during a golf match before or even during another activity, you won’t be able to have a good swing when your wrists, legs or shoulders are in pain!
So, in light of the Masters Tournament, we have decided to take a look at some of the most common golf injuries and the best way to treat them.
When a golfer swings their club, they usually make a fast twisting motion but, if this is done repetitively, it can lead to a neck injury or pain. Unfortunately, pinched nerves, spasms and soreness are common when playing golf. However, to prevent injury, it is important to do some neck stretches before you start playing a game, as this will loosen up the muscles and help to prevent injury.
If your neck is causing you a problem, you can use heat or anti-inflammatory tablets depending on how severe the injury is.
Playing golf involves a lot of repetitive movements which can affect your wrists. Wrist injuries are usually the most common and occurs on the top of the wrist, which causes a problem for avid golf players! To prevent your wrists from getting injured in the first place, you can wear a wrist brace when can help you recover as well. Again, the best way to treat injury can be to take anti-inflammation medication.
Golfer’s elbow is one of the most common types of injuries which is picked up from this sport. Similar to tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow is when that outer or inner elbow tendon becomes inflamed or irritated. There are a number of ways to treat this. You can take anti-inflammatory medication, stretch and strengthen the elbow, or ice the affected area.
Playing golf can often cause a lot of strain on the lower back due to the movements involved. Muscle strains, stress on ligaments and joint damage can be painful and stop you from playing. However, the best way to treat any pain in the area is through heat which can be achieved through a hot bath or heat spray. It is important to see your doctor if you begin to experience back pain as some milder symptoms can be an indication of a bigger issue.
Ankle and Foot
It may come as a surprise that golfers can pick up the odd sprain and strain on their ankles and feet. This can include plantar fasciitis, swelling, blisters and even Achilles tendonitis. Most of these injuries can be easily treated in the comfort of your own home by taking anti-inflammatory medication. However, many of these injuries can also be prevented by wearing the right golfing shoes.
Preventing any of the injuries listed above can be done by marinating a proper posture, warming up before you play and by avoiding over-swinging. However, if you do experience an injury, Physicool can help relieve some of these symptoms and get you back on the golf course in no time. In our online store, you can find a range of cooling bandages and cooling spray which can help on your way to recovery.