Golf is usually considered a benign and injury free activity, especially compared to sports such as AFL, running and surfing. However a recent investigation of golfing injuries makes for interesting reading.
A survey of 522 female golfers in the Victorian pennants competition was completed by investigators from the Journal of Science Medicine and Sport, their findings were as follows:
• More than 1/3 of the participants had sustained a golfing injury in the previous 12 months.
• The lower back was the most commonly injured area.
• The most common self-reported mechanism of injury was overuse followed by technical error.
• Of the 184 injuries reported, 154 required treatment by a health professional with Physiotherapists the most consulted group.
• Performance was affected in 78.9% of players with 69.7% of injured golfers missing games or practice due to injury.
If you want to minimise your risk of injury why not make Cannington Physiotherapy your 19th hole and let one of our therapists complete an assessment of your strengths and weakness to minimise your risk of injury.