As the weather warms, you may be eager to hit the golf course. Whether you are the next Tiger Woods or are just playing for fun, it’s important to know that golfing can lead to injuries. Keep reading for our top tips for preventing golf injuries.
1. Warm-up and stretch
Like any sport, warming up is essential. Your warm-up can start with a light walk or jog. Then, think about which parts of your body you will be using. Stretching your wrists, arms, spine, and pelvis is essential for a productive warm-up. Once you’re limber, you can start taking a few swings with your clubs, gradually increasing your range of motion.
2. Choose the right shoes
Since you will be on your feet for a few hours, make sure your golf shoes have good arches to ensure your body gets the foundational support it needs. Also, consider shoes with shorter cleats since excessively long spikes might strain your knees.
3. Stay hydrated
Make sure you are hydrated before, during, and after the game. Continually replacing your fluids is vital even when you aren’t thirsty. And try to minimize caffeine and alcohol, which can cause dehydration.
4. Lift & carry your clubs carefully
Be cautious when lifting your clubs. Keep your back straight, and use the strength of your legs to minimize strain on your back. And consider a rolling caddy if necessary - you’ll still get the benefits of walking, but with less stress on your body.
5. Build up your endurance
Even though the game of golf doesn’t typically include a lot of running, it’s helpful to build your endurance to help you stay out on the course. Try incorporating alternate daily cardio exercises like jogging, cycling, or swimming when you're not on the links.
If you do have a golf-related injury, give our office a call today. We are here to help you get back to enjoying the activities you love!