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7 tips for avoiding common golf injuries

No sport comes injury-free — that includes golf. It's a common misconception that because golf is played at a slower pace and appears to be low impact, it can't cause injuries. This belief leads many golfers to receive injuries that could have otherwise been prevented.

Avoiding injuries

The following tips will help you avoid common golf injuries:
  • Check yourself – Make sure you're in good physical shape before you start any type of golfing - just as you would before trying out for any other sport. Get a physical before you step onto the golf course for the first time.
  • Go gently – Common golf injuries are usually related to the joints and muscles used in play. Take care when swinging your club or even walking between shots not to over extend yourself.
  • Strengthen the back – When weight training, take the time out to tone your back muscles. Your back is going to get a work out from all the walking and swinging, and having well toned back muscles will cut down on the stress. Stronger back muscles will help support you as you walk the course and play the round.
  • Be kind to your muscles – Use muscle cream for pain and an ice or heating pack after a long day on the golf course. You'll want to ensure your muscles are rested and ready for your next round.
  • Take time to relax – Golf is taxing. Get plenty of rest after a long hard game of golf.
  • Look after your body – For the serious golfer who plays many games in a row, it might be beneficial to see a chiropractor or a masseuse to make sure everything is aligned and relaxed.
  • Watch your elbow – You can prevent "golfer's elbow" by slowly building the amount of time you spend golfing. Golfer's elbow is most often caused by a sharp increase in time spent golfing. By building up the hours you spend on the golf course, your joints won't be as shocked by new activity.