Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open last night. He cited a “locked back” that occurred when playing a shot out of the rough on the fifth hole in the second round. With the Masters just around the corner, Mickelson decision was smart because he does not want to jeopardize his chances at a Major by aggravating any injury this early in the 2014 golfing season. He also stated that if he played, the injury would probably change his swing and that is something he could not afford. Too bad for the fans at Torrey Pines, Mickelson is a fan favorite.
Phil Mickelson’s decision to withdraw is not uncommon. Many pros have withdrawn from tournaments citing injury. As seasoned athletes, it is understandable that even the slightest injury could have long-term negative effects to their livelihood. Mickelson’s back injury is a common injury for golfers, but it is only one of several that golfers want to avoid.
The Physio Room discusses the five most common golf injuries. Through the years, I and many of my friends can attest that they are correct. I am sure if you quickly think about it you can name them:
About.com Golf expands this list even further. Their list is more specific, but no less scary.
Injuries in golf are more common than non golfers realize. The mechanics in golf are not natural and can cause strain on the joints, soft tissue and in come cases bones. The repetitive impact of the club hitting a ball, ground, rock, or thick rough does take its toll on the human body. However, with proper preparation all injuries can be prevented.
To prevent injuries, the Mayo Clinic state ” Many golfing-related injuries are a result of poor mechanics or overuse, particularly in golfers who are new to the game or play infrequently. Although golf isn’t a contact sport, it puts significant demands on your body — which can easily lead to golf injuries. Follow these tips to stay in shape on the course.” Some of their suggestions are:
- Warm up.
- Start slowly.
- Strengthen your muscles.
- Focus on flexibility.
- Build up your endurance.
- Lift and carry clubs carefully.
- Choose proper footwear.