November 19, 2017

Senior Golfers Should Avoid Injury When Playing Golf in St. George Utah

senior golfer in st george utah Golf is a sport that can be played and enjoyed by a wide variety of people from many age groups, but there are special considerations for the over 50 set. The scenery is often peaceful and serene with long, green fairways and trees, deserts, or even oceans forming the backdrop. It may be easy to forget for a moment that golf is a physically strenuous sport, and special care must be taken to avoid injury.

Even if you use a golf cart, and don’t walk the 18 holes, the majority of the exertion in golf comes from the swings. Taking a few minutes to properly warm up and stretch may save you some injury and missed games down the road.

There are many illustrated guides available to show you exactly how to perform some basic stretches, but always remember not to bounce or force your body roughly into a stretch position. Warm up first with a few minutes of light activity, such as walking and ease into your stretches gently and gradually. Hold each position for about 20-30 seconds, and always remember to perform the same stretch on both sides of your body! Adapt your stretching routine according to your own body and needs. You may want to focus on calves, hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, back and shoulders. If you hold two clubs together, the heavier weight may help to loosen up your swing.

Most of the injuries sustained by golfers are the repetitive motion type- caused by many years of performing the same motions over and over. That is a special consideration for more senior golfers, especially if they have been playing for a long time- the effects of the repetitive motions may take years to show symptoms and begin to be an issue.  Some of the common problem areas include the back, from repeated one-sided twisting motions, the shoulders from the swing motion,  and wrist injuries from the forceful “snap” motion needed to deliver a clean stroke.

“Golfer’s elbow”, not to be confused with “Tennis elbow”, presents with pain on the inside of the upper arm area, near the elbow.  The muscles in the shoulder area are also susceptible to injury from the constant wear and tear on the rotator cuff. Hand and wrist injuries are common as well, including tendonitis. Be aware of any pain, numbness or tingling since carpal tunnel injuries can develop over time. Your hands come in direct contact with the club during the swing and sustain some impact damage on contact with the ball. A lot of the energy may be absorbed by the club, but some is transferred to your hands.

If you have any pre-exsisting knee conditions, be sure to take plenty of breaks and sit down between holes if possible. Any new clicking sounds or swelling should be looked into.  Although new injuries to the hip are rare in golf, any old or unhealed previous injuries should be treated with care.

If you notice any pain, swelling, tingling, stiffness or sharp pain at any point during your game, stop immediately and rest. If appropriate, ice or over the counter pain relief medication may help temporarily until you can seek professional medical help. Better to miss the last nine holes of one game than to be out for an entire season if you leave problems unattended.

A professional golf coach may be a worthwhile investment once in a while to make sure that you are gripping and swinging the club properly. Many injuries can be reduced or avoided by using proper techniques, and we all know how easy it is to slip into bad but comfortable habits.

So, take a few minutes to warm up and stretch,  grab your clubs and head out to the fairway. Maybe you can enjoy some beautiful local scenery while you are getting ready to tee off!

 

Senior Golfers Should Avoid Injury When Playing Golf in St. George Utah

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