Golfers should maintain excellent technique, improve their physical condition, and participate in regular training and conditioning programmes to maximise performance and reduce the chance of injury.
What We Treat
While golf may not be as physically intense as some other sports, it can still be demanding on the body due to several factors such as;
1. Repetitive Motion: Golf swing is a repeating action pattern that puts strain on a number of joints, muscles, and tendons.
2. Rotation Forces: The hips, spine, and shoulders must provide a large amount of rotational force throughout the golf swing.
3. Walking Surfaces: Golf courses frequently have slopes, uneven surfaces, and numerous obstacles. Balance and stability can be difficult to maintain when walking on these surfaces, which forces the body to constantly adapt and change.
4. Static Postures: Throughout the course of a round of golf, golfers often adopt static positions like standing or stooping to address the ball. Long-term use of these positions can cause muscle ache, stiffness, and poor posture, all of which increase the risk of pain or injury.
5. Power and Precision: Both power and precision are necessary for golf. Forceful muscle contractions, which are necessary to generate power throughout the swing, can put stress on the aforementioned muscles and tendons.
6. Equipment: Carrying a golf bag can exert stress on the upper body, including the back, elbows, and shoulders, especially during lengthy rounds.
The physical demands of golf can be effectively addressed by Achieve Health as we offer solutions for injury prevention, enhancing mobility and strength, enhancing swing mechanics, and we encourage general physical wellness.
The following is a list of typical injuries that golfers could sustain due to the above factors, and how physiotherapy might help;
With swinging, putting and gripping the club; elbow pain and injuries aren’t uncommon in golfers. Physiotherapy can help by utilising methods including manual therapy – massage, needling and shockwave therapy, to reduce pain and inflammation. Exercises that stretch and strengthen the forearm muscles, as well as adjustments to grip and swing mechanics, can ease symptoms and avoid recurrence.
Lower Back Pain:
The treatment of low back pain in golfers involves physiotherapy, which is essential. Treatment options include manual therapy methods, core stability and flexibility exercises, posture correction, and instruction on optimal golf swing biomechanics. The back and abdominal muscles can be strengthened by conditioning programs, lowering the chance of injury.
Due to the mechanism of a golf swing and the power often behind that swing; we commonly treat and rehab shoulders. By combining shoulder muscle strengthening exercises, joint mobilizations, and flexibility exercises, physiotherapy can assist manage rotator cuff and other shoulder pathologies. To lessen strain on the shoulder joint, you might perform corrective exercises and alter your golf swing. We could even improve your swing speed!
The walking involved in golf, as well as the rotation that occurs during your swing, can lead to knee injuries or exacerbate conditions. Using a combination of strengthening exercises for the quadriceps and hip muscles, pain-relieving modalities, and biomechanical analysis to address any contributory variables, physiotherapy can help manage many injuries. With more severe injuries such as tears, physiotherapy can offer advice and exercises to increase the stability, strength, and range of motion of the knee. Injections or shockwave can be utilised too. Knee arthritis shouldn’t ever stop you playing either – always seek guidance on how we can help!
Upper back and Neck pain:
Through manual therapy methods, posture correction, and exercises to increase mobility, strength, and flexibility in the neck and upper back muscles, physiotherapy can treat neck and upper back strain. Additionally, instruction on suitable warm-up exercises and swing mechanics can be given.
How We Can Help!
The main goals of golfer physiotherapy are pain control, injury avoidance, and performance enhancement.
Achieve Health can assist golfers in reducing pain, enhancing flexibility and strength, improving swing mechanics, and reducing the risk of future injuries by addressing particular problems, enhancing biomechanics, and offering individualised treatment regimens. We collaborate closely with golfers to build specialised programmes that promote their total wellbeing both on and off the golf course. These programmes may include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, education, and lifestyle modifications.