In honour of National Golfing Day this Wednesday 25th April, I would like to share my 7 Ways to Avoid Golfing Injuries!

Golfing injuries are relatively common with one study showing that almost 20%3 of golfers have experienced an injury in the past year. The most common injury areas are the back (25 %)3 with other injuries occurring in the non-dominant shoulder, elbows and wrist 1,2,3,4. But what may be most surprising is not that golfers can become injured but the differences between the skill of the golfer and the injuries they tend to have.

Amateur golfers with higher handicaps tend to suffer most from elbow, back and shoulder injuries and their injuries tend to be caused by poor swing technique and overuse 1,2. Shoulder injuries tend to be on the non-dominant shoulder and elbow injuries often occur in the lead elbow usually on or around the lateral epicondyle.

Professional and elite golfers however tend to experience overuse injuries and find the order of injury site is more likely to be back, wrist and then shoulder in that order4

You can watch or read my top tips for avoiding golfing injuries below;

How can you avoid golfing injuries?

Here are a few ways you can help yourself –

1)    Warm up for at least 10 minutes4 before you play golf.

2)    Cool down and stretch after playing (doing this properly means NOT doing it at the 19th hole!).

3)    Rest when you are injured.

4)    If you are an amateur golfer then one of the most important things to do is to make sure you improve your swing technique and are using the right equipment – something the pro shop and golf professional should be able to help you with.

5)    Rehab and strengthen the injured area.

6)    Think about your feet. If you have problems with your knees or feet when taking your swing or walking the course then custom made orthotic shoe insoles could help.

7)    Seek help. Generally the longer the problem continues the longer it will take to heal. So if you have had an ache or pain for more than 2 weeks get professional advice. If the pain is severe or limiting your movement then have the problem checked out more urgently.

For help and advice on treatment for back, shoulder, elbow problems and more speak to Rosie at Total Chiropractic. So don’t let golfing injuries stop you from playing the sport you love. For advice or more information you can me on 01635 791 301 or email me rosie@totalchiro.co.uk and you can always Book an appointment online.

Rosie Piercy MChiro DC


Total Chiropractic



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Andrew J. McHardy,a, Henry P. Pollard,b and Kehui Luoc J Chiropr Med. 2007 Winter; 6(1): 20–26. Published online 2007. doi:  10.1016/j.jcme.2007.02.010 Golf-related lower back injuries: an epidemiological survey

Gosheger G1Liem DLudwig KGreshake O, Winkelmann W Injuries and overuse syndromes in golf. Am J Sports Med. 2003 May-Jun;31(3):438-43.