Approximately 44 percent of all reported golf injuries in youth are from overuse. The main causes of these injuries include:
- Lack of flexibility
- Poor conditioning
- Excessive play or practice
- Poor swing mechanics
- Ground impact forces
- Intermittent play
Poor flexibility is a key risk factor for a golf injury. One survey
showed that more than 80 percent of golfers spent less than 10 minutes
warming up before a round. Those who did warm up had less than half the
incidence of injuries of those who did not warm up before playing. The
golf swing is broken down into four phases: backswing, downswing,
acceleration/ball strike, and follow through. Any limitations in range
of motion (ROM) will hamper the golfer's ability to achieve the proper
swing plane, thus increasing the stress on the involved joints and
The second main reason for golf injuries is the repetitive nature of
this sport. The golf swing involves repetitive, high-velocity movement
of the neck, shoulders, spine, elbow, wrist, hips, knees, and ankles.
The percentage of injuries directly correlates with the number of rounds
or the number of range/practice balls struck per week.
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