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6 ways to prevent injury while golfing

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Man golfingDid you know that more than 130,000 people were treated for a golf-related injury in 2015? Even though this sport is a low-impact activity with minimal risk, injury is still always possible.

Most injuries are the result of overuse, which can occur from repetitive motions made throughout many games of golf. One common condition known as “Golfer’s Elbow” is very likely to occur. This type of injury involves the inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow. Golfers also often complain of pain in their lower back, which is typically caused by a poor golf swing.

Learn how you can reduce your risk of developing these types of golf injuries with the following helpful tips!

Always warm up

Warming up before a round of golf is a fundamental part of the game because it gives you a chance to stretch your muscles before you take a powerful swing up at the tee.

A warm up is particularly important for those with existing conditions related to common golf injuries such as arthritis. If your arthritis is causing you a substantial amount of pain then you may consider taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

Use sunscreen

Sunscreen helps to protect your skin from the powerful ultraviolet radiation that is released by the sun. These harmful rays can cause serious health conditions such as skin cancer if you are not proactive about protecting your skin.

Stay out of the rain

It is rare for a person to be struck by lighting, but this occurrence is most common when individuals refuse to seek shelter from a thunderstorm and instead remain outside. It is best to relocate to an actual building or fully enclosed car if possible.

Contain yourself

It seems like common sense, but you might be surprised by how many ankles have been broken by hanging a leg outside of the golf cart. Make sure to maintain best safety practices around any motor vehicles to reduce the likelihood of injury.


The best days for golf are the ones where the sun is shining bright. These days are also filled with heat and humidity, which is why it is incredibly important to remain appropriately hydrated on the course. Even if you are not particularly thirsty, it is still a good idea to keep a water bottle with you while golfing.

Keep an eye out

There is an ever-present hazard of being hit by someone else’s golf ball while out at a golf course. Try to stay alert and aware of your surroundings to avoid being struck by a ball, club, cart, or other injurious object.

If you have any questions or have injured yourself playing golf, contact Greater Rochester Orthopaedics in Penfield or Irondiquoit by calling (585) 295-5476 or requesting an appointment online today.