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Returning to Golf

Dr. Matt Brown
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Why do athletes need help returning to golf?

While golf sometimes gets a bad rap as a sport that doesn’t require much physical fitness, a golf swing is actually an incredibly intense and dynamic motion that can place a lot of stress on the body. For this reason, it’s not unusual to see golfers of all levels seeking out physical therapy for a variety of golf-related conditions.

For professional golfers, most injuries are related to overuse, while for amateur golfers, injuries are typically related to poor form. No matter the reason for a golf injury, a professional physical therapist can create physical therapy routines that will get their patients back in the game as soon as possible.

Source: Dynamic Sport PT

What conditions can take golfers out of the game?

Golf injuries can be divided into two groups: acute injuries and overuse injuries. Acute injuries occur as the result of a single, traumatic event, such as twisting too far on a swing or hitting a submerged rock during a swing. Overuse injuries, on the other hand, occur over time.

Golf elbow, tendinitis, rotator cuff impingements, and chronic back pain are among the most common injuries to golfers. Lack of a warm-up, lack of flexibility, incorrect footwear, and improper form can all contribute to injury risk.

The most common reasons for a break from golf include:

  • Golf elbow
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff impingements
  • Back pain

Source: Mayo Clinic

Physical therapy for returning to golf

It’s not uncommon to need physical therapy to restore normal, day-to-day movement after an injury. However, physical therapy for helping a player return to golf isn’t focused on everyday activities; instead, it’s focused on the specialized movements that go into a stellar golf game.

To ensure you can return to golf, your physical therapy program will include golf-specific exercises and stretches that should strengthen the muscles most necessary to the game while decreasing future injury risk. In addition, a program for returning to golf is likely to include golf training and education to improve form in the long term.

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