Golf injuries

Medical Consultant

Post: 2010-02-03

There are over 20 million golfers in the United States. Golf is considered a low impact sport, but golfers can suffer secondary injuries. Clinical research indicates over 50% of all golfers who experience golf injuries stop golfing.

There are several factors that cause golf injuries, such as poor golf-specific posture, flexibility and swing mechanics. The golf swing places an unusual stress on the spine and back muscles. This sudden, expected stress can result in acute, serious back muscle strain or herniated disc. Medical research states professional golfers usually experience back injuries, followed by shoulder, left elbow and wrist injuries. As swing speed increases, greater strain is placed on shoulder and back muscles which can damage these soft tissues and result in injuries.

To prevent golf-related injuries, golfers need functional golf-specific posture, muscle strength, flexibility and a proper swing pattern. However, the repetitive motion of the golf game can lead to muscle fatigue. Over time, this repetitive stresses on the back, shoulder, elbow and wrist lead to accumulated chronic injuries. The professional golfer spends hours practicing his/her skill in a slight trunk forward bending position. In this position, the intervertebral discs in the lumbar spine (lower back) tend to herniate and compress spinal nerve roots. If the golfer does not have adequate functional strength, flexibility and coordination, a sudden, fast swing can cause acute intervertebral disc herniation.

LP back supports maintain functional back posture and assist trunk rotation. The Back Support with Stays (919) is made with strong elastic straps which increase abdominal pressure to correct lumbar curve and avoid herniated disc. Two reinforced straps provide comfortable compression to relieve back pain. Eight flexible stays in the back side of the support assist the player to rotate his/her trunk while swinging. Wearing LP 919 Back Support is recommended to prevent acute and chronic muscle strain and secondary herniated disc in golfers with back injuries.



LP 919