Preventing Golf Injuries Early In Your Golf Season

My biggest fear is injuring myself early in the golf season. I have, unfortunately, did this before and it makes for a long road to recover because of the amount I want to play. Given the challenges of a rusty swing and very wet terrain, the possibility of injury increases so I must be wary to avoid potential injury scenarios. Well, my second round of the year was one of those scenarios I need to avoid!

The worse injury I ever had was golfer’s elbow for two years in a row. I injured myself early in the season and it too months to recover. This injury did slow me down and as a result I had to cut back on the number of rounds and practice time to allow healing to occur. Of course, I cannot compare myself to someone like Tiger Woods who has recovered from 24 reported injuries throughout his career (not to mention the number of minor injuries unreported), but as an amateur, any injury sucks.

On Saturday past, I played my second 9 holes of the year. The course was in good shape, but still very wet. My swing was not in good shape, but the rust is slowly being knocked off. As I made my way around the course, I found that I was digging in with my irons more than normal and as such cause additional stress on my elbows. Well, around the 5th hole, I pulled something on the inside of my right elbow and it bothered me for the rest of the round. Fortunately, if I did not dig in too deep, there was less pain so I figured my injury was not as serious as I feared.

On a side note, I wrote about golfer / tennis elbow before. It is something that many golfers are aware of and try to avoid…..right Brian Penn?

After my round, I could notice some pain when rotating my arm. So, I took it easy that night and rested it on Sunday (although it was the best weather of the year) to ensure my injury had a time to recover. It is the smart think to do because I want to be able to play for the entire season, not just a few early rounds.

I seems that back injuries is the most common. But, it is not the only one:

Avoiding injuries early in the golf season (well actually any time) is important to us players who have a short season. Not only does it limit your playing time, but it hurts your handicap index because of the higher scores. Taking things slow and easy in early stages of your season is a great first step to enjoying your entire season. This is what I plan to continue doing; how about you?

Do you try to avoid golf injuries? If so, how?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Golfers Elbow or Tennis Elbow

Ouch That Hurts!  Have you ever felt a sharp pain in your elbow while playing golf.  It usually happens when making contact with the ball.  When the pain is noticeable, some start to adjust their swing; change their grip; avoid sand shots; or use more foot wedges to place the ball on soft grass.  As avid golfer continues to hit the links, they find the pain creeping into their everyday life.  It becomes difficult to grasp anything with the affected arm, difficulty rolling your hand left to right and it sometimes aches.  If this sounds familiar, well then you may have Golfers Elbow.  Or do you? states that: the elbow is subjected to large forces during a golf swing, especially an amateur golf swing, statistics indicate elbow complaints range from PGA circuit rate of 4% to amateur golfers 24% (includes both medial and lateral complaints in right and left elbows). The most common site of injuries is not on the “inside” – (medial aspect) of the elbow which has the name “golfers elbow”, but on the “outside” – (llateral aspect), traditionally termed “tennis elbow”.  Regardless of the definition, ultimately only a medical professionals can diagnose your problem.

Golfers Elbow – medial aspect
Tennis Elbow – lateral aspect

If you have a what you suspect is golfers / tennis elbow, the Mayo Clinic suggests the conservative measures such as:

  • See a doctor.
  • Rest.
  • Ice the affected area.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Stretch and strengthen the affected area.
  • Reduce the load on your elbow.
  • Consider other medications. I
  • Gradually return to your usual activities.
  • Ask your doctor when surgery is appropriate.

I have had, by the definition above, tennis elbow a couple of times through the years.  It is not fun.  It usually lasts about 2-3 months once I start to take care of the injury.  To make sure it was nothing serious, I saw my doctor for diagnosis.  Each time, my doctor suggested the Mayo Clinics conservative treatment.

After some research, it becomes difficult to figure out what caused the injury.  It definitely has something to do with your swing or maybe the amount of golfing you are doing.  In my case it the amount of golf (which is not really a bad thing to me) played.  However, some suggest it may be your grip, downswing, follow through, contact point, angle of contact and on and on!  Obviously, fixing your golf swing over the internet is almost impossible, so if the pain continues (besides seeing a doctor) talk to your local pro.  There is a very good chance they can help.

There is one aspect of pain relief that worked very well for me.  As suggested in the above video, it was a tensor bandage.  I used (use) a tensor cuff with a velcro strap to snug it around my elbow.  An important point for my success was that the tensor cuff had a gel square sewn into it. it. I placed the gel on my injured area (as shown above) and tighten it slightly.  I found with this support, I played pain-free and helped promote recovery.

Golfers / Tennis elbow is a pain (sorry I could not help myself).  It is a common injury that does effect all aspects of your game.  It is important to address it quickly so it does not linger for an entire season.  Just to be clear, I am not a medical professional and it is important to see your doctor before you start any medical treatment.

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!