Pain in the elbow is one of the most common sports injuries among golf injuries, even among female amateur golf players.
According to research statistics, elbow injuries account for about 1/3 of amateur golfers' injuries and about 1/10 of professional golfers' injuries. This data looks amazing, but the hidden message behind it is actually more noteworthy.
First of all, we found that amateur golfers' elbow injury rate is more than three times higher than that of professional golfers. From the perspective of biomechanics and motion analysis, experts found that amateur players rely more on the strength of their upper limbs when increasing their swing power and speed, while professional players are more aware of the use of torso rotation. This may be an amateur player. One of the main causes of upper limb injuries is more likely to occur. In the same way, amateur female athletes mostly lack trunk strength, and relying on arm strength is more common, so elbow injuries are among the best.
Playing golf will not only get golf elbow, but also tennis elbow
How to distinguish golf elbow and tennis elbow? The tendon injury of the elbow is called "tennis elbow" on the lateral elbow (external epicondyle); the injury on the medial elbow (inner epicondyle) is called "golf elbow", although it is a frequent injury The sport is named, but it is interesting but ironic that the incidence of "tennis elbow" among golfers' elbow injuries is 5 times that of "golf elbow".
The multiple muscles responsible for bending the wrist, fingers, and forearm forearm converge into a large tendon called the "general flexor tendon" attached to the "internal epicondyle" of the elbow. This position is the injured position of the "golf elbow". Golf elbows are mainly caused by sudden external forces that cause "successor" (usually the dominant hand) injury, such as the club hitting a rock, long grass or tree roots, and amateur players practicing on artificial turf or "digging sweet potatoes" It is easy to cause golf elbow.
On the other hand, the muscles responsible for stretching the wrist and straightening the fingers will also converge into a large tendon called the "total extensor tendon" attached to the "external epicondyle" of the elbow. This position is the injured position of the "tennis elbow". Tennis elbow is mainly caused by the excessive use of the "leading hand". Too much grip and excessive practice are most likely to cause tennis elbow. In addition, as mentioned in the beginning of the same article, improper force on the torso makes the "power exercise" unbalanced, and excessive reliance on the output of the upper limbs will also increase the burden on the elbow tendons and cause tennis elbow.
Correct action and smooth force flow are the key to preventing golf elbow injuries
To prevent elbow injuries caused by golf, it is necessary to start with the adjustment of movements, strengthen the core muscles through expert guidance, improve the softness of the trunk and joints, increase the rotational explosive force without excessively relying on upper limbs, correct movements and smoothness The forceful process is the top priority to avoid injury.
In addition to choosing a club with a lighter shaft and a slightly thicker grip, it can help reduce grip requirements and avoid overuse of forearm muscles, as well as strengthen forearm muscles.
When you have symptoms, you can wear a special elbow pad to reduce the burden on your tendons, but you should not force yourself to continue practicing when you are in pain.
Warm up for at least ten minutes before exercise to make the soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments congested, increase the mobility of joints, and increase the elasticity of soft tissues to prevent injuries.