Golfing is a great way to relax and unwind. Whatever your motivations are for playing the game, don’t neglect to protect your arms and shoulders, which are used a lot during play. Issues such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement, shoulder joint instability, and shoulder osteoarthritis can result from poor practices when playing golf. Take precautions and you can enjoy golf for a long time. Below you will find important shoulder tips for golfers.
Practice Proper Form and Technique
Golf involves repetitive motions. Combined with poor form, it is a recipe for injury. Learn the proper biomechanics to play the sport by asking help from a certified golf coach. Assume proper posture, correct position, and grip. There is also a proper way to grip a golf club. Additionally, the body should be aligned to the pin. Your shoulder muscles should work properly to make the swinging motion, and your arms and wrists should be relaxed. It takes practice to perfect the golf swing, so take your time. A sign of a swing that needs work is if your shoulders feel tired after a game.
If you feel discomfort or pain during a game… STOP. This is a sign of overuse and your body telling you that you need to take a break. Professional and amateur golfers are advised to resume playing only after the pain and discomfort have subsided. See an orthopedic doctor if the pain persists. Avoid carrying the heavy golf bag over your shoulder if you are in pain.
Use The Right Equipment
There is a reason why golf players do not share golf clubs. The right equipment is individualized to the player. For instance, the length of the golf clubs and weight can affect your game. Using the wrong equipment can lead to an injury.
Use your legs, hips, and trunk to transfer weight in order to drive the golf ball. Motion in these parts of your body precedes the shoulder motion during the downswing. If done properly, proper motion lets your energy transfer to the ball and allows for a longer swing.
Have a Great Exercise Program
Exercise programs for golfers are geared towards efficiency and peak performance. There is a focus on strengthening and maintaining the flexibility of the rotator cuff, shoulder blade muscles, trapezius, and back and chest muscles. A great exercise program will not only improve your performance but will also reduce your risk of injury.
Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach & Boca Raton, FL
Dr. Steve E. Meadows of South Palm Orthopedics is an expert at diagnosing and treating upper extremity conditions and injuries. His extensive fellowship training and years of treating golf injuries ensure that you get the best treatment for your condition. Dr. Meadows lets you know your treatment options, so you can decide for yourself what you are comfortable with.
In our clinic, we make sure you get to enjoy playing golf for a very long time. To make an appointment, call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or use our online request form.