Why Golf Injuries Are Common and How You Can Prevent Them

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses Why Golf Injuries Are Common and How You Can Prevent Them

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Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses Why Golf Injuries Are Common and How You Can Prevent Them
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Featuring Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician Video Title:Why Golf Injuries Are Common and How You Can Prevent Them Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds

Most people consider golf to be a pretty safe sport, but in fact there are lots of injuries associated with it.

One of the reasons for that is there are lots of people who play golf maybe once a week. They aren't really doing a lot of physical activity in between their times when they go out and play. And as a consequence they probably have lots of tightness in their muscles. They're not really prepared for their activity.

So as part of a prevention program to reduce the likelihood of golf injuries, a proper stretching program, a strengthening program, these sort of things are really important.

One of the commonest injuries people see in golf would be golfer’s elbow. It's an inflammation of the muscles in the forearm where they attached on the elbow. And that is often a consequence of things like gripping the club too hard.

There are also commonly injuries to the back playing golf. Most of the time when people are swinging, if they don't have very good biomechanics or if they're not particularly strong in their core, then that could lead to acute injuries like disc injuries, facet joint injuries, sacroiliac joint injuries. These are all actually quite common in golfers.

If you're a golfer and you're concerned about preventing injuries or if you have a golf injury, there are various treatment options available to you.

Video shot in conjunction with http://www.aesmphysiotherapytoronto.ca/

Presenter: Dr. Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

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