3 Warning Signs That You Might Be Injured On The Golf Course

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4 min read. Written by Shirouz Elango

Golf course got you in aches and pain all over? Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned player, it is important for you to be aware of common signs of golfing injuries. 

Can You Actually Get Injured From Golfing?

The short answer is yes, you definitely can! 

Many of us underestimate the risk of golfing injuries simply because it is a low-risk sport. However, the reality of it may surprise you— a 2016 National Health Statistics Report found that golf can actually be more physically demanding than people believe.

Most golfing injuries are a result of two major risk factors:

  1. Overuse

    About 44% of youth golf injuries reported are a result of overuse. The repetitive nature of this sport makes players highly susceptible to injuries that may occur due to high-velocity movements that places stress on the arms, wrist, back, hips, elbows and more.

  2. Poor Flexibility

    Another key risk factor for golfing injuries happens from lack of flexibility. As with every sport and exercise, it is important for players to engage in warm up and cool down in order to reduce stress on their joints and muscles. A survey done on golfers found that those who engaged in a warm-up before playing had less than half the incidence of injuries compared to those who did not warm-up prior to playing. 

Signs of Golfing Injuries to Watch Out For

When playing golf, it is important to keep a lookout for any warning signs that may indicate that you are injured. These can range from strained muscles to tingling and numbness. It is important to be aware of these warning signs so that you can take the appropriate steps toward resolving them before they get worse. 

Pain in the back, neck or shoulder after playing

A sign of muscle strain or spasms is when you feel pain or soreness. Generally, this tends to happen on the back, neck or shoulder areas, but can also extend to the elbow, wrist, knees and ankles too. If you are facing such injuries, this could mean that you are not using the correct form or posture, resulting in abnormal movement patterns and pressure in those areas. 

Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet after playing 

This could indicate nerve damage, which happens as a result of repetitive force, gripping or strain. One of the more typical golfing injuries includes Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome (HHS), which happens due to repeated force against the palm which restricts blood flow, and in turn, leads to pain and numbness. 

Swelling and redness around the injury

Another sign of an overuse injury can be swelling and redness around areas of pain. For example, issues such as tendinitis, bursitis and rotator cuff pain are all inflammatory injuries that occur as a result of repeated use along with poor swinging mechanics. This can lead to chronic injuries such as Golfer’s Elbow, a painful condition that occurs due to repeated gripping and swinging. Left untreated, it can cause reduction to your range of motion in your arm.

Solution for Golfing Injuries 

With the exception of serious cases that may need immediate medical attention and surgery, most golfing injuries can be resolved with regular physical therapy. 

A physiotherapist can work with you to provide treatment for your existing injuries, as well as introduce preventative measures. You can expect better performance with improved flexibility, stronger muscles and core stability, and reduced tightness in your joints and muscles. 

Book an appointment with our expert consultants today to find out more about how we can help. 


Last Reviewed by Jaden Lim on 15/05/2022