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5 Common Golf Injuries And How To Avoid Them

As the Snowbirds prepare for landing in Naples that means one thing, it’s GOLF SEASON BABY! It’s the time that Patrons like you and I look forward to, down in Naples. It’s that time we should look our best, feel our best, and most importantly, be playing our best.

Naturally, this means we are prone to golf injuries, that have the potential to ruin our summer. But wait, I’m here to help you all.

In this blog, you will delve into golf’s 5 most common injuries, and what you can do to avoid them.

Let’s help you perfect your swing, and spend more time on the green – not the couch!

Understanding Golf  Injuries

Golf injuries suck. Before I share the most common injuries, it’s important to share the most common causes.

Recognizing the common causes of golf injuries can help you take preventive steps and continue to enjoy the game.

Here are the primary culprits:

Improper Technique:

Just like any sport, poor form or technique can lead to injuries in golf.

An incorrect grip, stance, or swing motion can place undue strain on joints and muscles, resulting in various injuries, especially to the back, wrist, and shoulders.


You want to play golf every day, I get it. Me too.

However, playing or practicing too frequently without allowing adequate recovery can lead to overuse injuries.

These types of injuries, like golfer’s elbow or tendinitis, result from the repetitive motions involved in golf, such as swinging the club.

Improper Equipment

Are your clubs really suited to you?

Using clubs that aren’t suited for your height, body type, or skill level can force your body into awkward positions, increasing the risk of injury.

Similarly, worn-out shoes can affect your stance and balance, adding stress to joints like ankles and knees.

What Are The Most Common Golf Injuries?

The Aching Back Blues:

Picture this: You’re standing on the tee, ready for that crucial drive, and suddenly your back seizes up. It’s a scenario all too familiar for many golf enthusiasts. The repetitive motion of the swing can strain the lower back, leading to pain and discomfort.

Jake’s Tip: Strengthen your core muscles. Incorporate exercises that focus on your abdominal and lower back muscles into your fitness routine. A strong core provides stability during your swing, reducing the strain on your lower back.

Shoulder Woes

The dynamic movement of a golf swing places significant stress on the shoulders. Rotator cuff injuries and shoulder strains are not uncommon, especially if your swing mechanics are not on point.

Jake’s Tip: Warm up those shoulders. Prioritize a thorough warm-up before hitting the course. Include shoulder stretches and rotations to prepare your joints for the demands of the swing. And don’t forget to strengthen those shoulder muscles to enhance their resilience.

A robust shoulder girdle not only guards against injury but also ensures a more fluid and powerful swing. So, before you unleash that next drive, show your shoulders some love—they’re the key to a swing that turns heads on the course.

Elbow Anguish

Whether it’s tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, these overuse injuries can turn your beloved round of golf into a painful ordeal. But fear not, because Jake Berman has the prescription for your elbow blues.

Jake’s Tip: Balance your strength. Strengthen not just the muscles directly involved in the swing, but also those that support and stabilize your joints. A well-rounded strength training program can mitigate the risk of elbow injuries.

A well-rounded strength training routine that addresses your entire arm can be a game-changer. Strengthening not only the biceps and triceps but also the forearm muscles can provide the stability your elbows crave. So, bid farewell to elbow anguish, and swing away with the confidence that your elbows are in it for the long haul.

Wrist Woes 

The delicate wrist joints are susceptible to injury, particularly if your grip is too tight or your swing mechanics are flawed. Conditions like golfer’s wrist or sprains can keep you off the course.

Jake’s Tip: Perfect your grip. Work with a golf pro to ensure your grip is optimal. Additionally, incorporate wrist-strengthening exercises into your routine to build resilience in these crucial joints.

It’s not just about preventing injuries; it’s about ensuring your wrists are resilient and ready for the intricate dance of the golf swing. So, bid farewell to wrist woes, and get ready for a round of golf where your wrists are in perfect harmony with every stroke.

Knee Troubles

If the knee can’t stand, the club can’t swing. That’s what I say.  The knees are silent workhorses that bear the brunt of the rotational forces during a golf swing.

Knee troubles, from strains to more severe issues like meniscus tears, can disrupt your game and keep you off the course.

Jake’s Tip: Strengthen your lower body. Focus on exercises that target the muscles around your knees, including quadriceps and hamstrings. A strong lower body provides the foundation for a stable and injury-resistant golf swing.

With a strong lower body and sound biomechanics, you’ll be striding confidently down the fairway, leaving knee troubles in the rough where they belong.

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Don’t let injuries drive a wedge between you and your love for golf! Swing into action with Jake Berman and perfect your game pain-free. Your tee time awaits.

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Arrange your Free Discovery Session by clicking this link or calling us at (239) 431-0232 We look forward to hearing from you soon to get you on track for your vacation goals!

Other Free Resources For Health And Fitness

You’re not quite ready to tee off at our clinic? Don’t sweat it! Swing into action with our other reading material with information about exercises to prevent you from being stuck in the bunker of injuries!

Fore-think your golfing future today.

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Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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