August 20, 2012

How To Manage Injuries In Golf

Welcome to this weekly edition of Fitness for Golf newsletter.

The Olympics is now behind us and we can once again resume our focus on the one thing we love best…golf. Who am I kidding? Most of you simply had earlier starting times so you could fit them both in.

As we enter into September, it’s a great time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in our games so far. If things went as planned, you have a new handicap card with a lower score. If not, it’s definitely time to pause for a little reflection on how we can turn things around with the time we have left in the season.

Since I have the opportunity to work with golfer’s daily, I happen to know this is the time when injuries become more prevalent. There are either old injuries beginning to flare again after repeated rounds or possibly new ones creeping up with and without proper warning. Naturally, this is also the time of year I get a lot of questions on how and when to know when to back off an injury or, better yet, how to manage it through the remaining playing season.

I’d like to go out on a limb and assume you know the reason why injuries occur. If not, let me help you out. The main reasons why they occur have to do with poor posture at address, overuse, poor conditioning, lack of warm up and/or poor technique. The body has a way of communicating with us through discomfort or pain when things aren’t quite right. All of these reasons relate to our bodies and how they are functioning in the golf swing. Yes, even the category of “poor technique”. Because poor technique is most often times the symptom of physical restrictions.

This week’s tip focuses on how to manage injuries during golf season. Of course, prudent advice is always to seek the advice of a qualified physician when you have any concerns.



How to Manage Injuries in Golf

What is considered a mild injury?
• Performance not affected
• Pain experienced only after exercise
• Usually, the area isn’t tender to the touch
• No or minimal swelling
• No discoloration

What you should do?
• Reduce training schedule
• Modify exercise to take stress off the injury
• Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate (RICE for injured area)
• Gradual return to full activity

What is considered a moderate injury?
• Performance mildly affected
• Pain before and after activity
• Area is mildly tender to the touch
• Mild swelling
• Some discoloration

What you should do?
• Rest the injury
• Modify exercise tot to take stress off the injury
• Rest, ice, compress and elevate (RICE for injured area)
• Gradual return to full activity

What is considered a severe injury?
• Pain before, during, and after exercise
• Performance affected by pain
• Daily activities affected by pain
• Normal movement affected by pain
• Severe pain when finger pressure is put on the area
• Discoloration

What you should do?
• Cease sports activities
• See a doctor

If you are looking for detailed information on how to manage injuries in golf, go to The information above is based on the Sports Medicine Bible by Lyle Micheli, M.D.
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