Golf and Rotator Cuff Injury

What’s not to love about golf? Enjoying the wonderful weather, great companionship and competition of the sport are just a few of the factors that make it such a popular game. As fantastic as a day on the links can be, a shoulder surgeon often treats golfers whose game has gone awry.

Anatomy

Your rotator cuff is a collection of four muscles in the shoulder area responsible for stability in your shoulder and also contributing the power to your drive. These muscles maintain control and power as your body swings through the drive, sending your ball down the fairway.

How Damage Occurs

Golfers often fail to do other types of exercise to strengthen and condition their bodies. The shoulder muscles are typically a vulnerable area anyway, and may not have seen aggressive activity since the last time you played golf. A golfer taking a swing with a cold muscle stresses the rotator cuff immensely and the cuff can tear as a result. A lesser injury to this area can still cause pain and discomfort due to the inflammation in the aggravated joint. Tendinitis is a less severe form of rotator cuff injury, but should still be considered a warning shot that a golfer either isn’t preparing properly, or the form of their swing is off.

Preventing the Problem

A great way to ward off a rotator cuff tear is to condition the muscle group appropriately. A shoulder surgeon can recommend a series of warm up exercises that will stretch your muscles and prepare them properly to play. A drive using warm muscles is far less dangerous than starting your game cold. An even better strategy is to incorporate strengthening exercises into a workout regime designed for golfers. Also consult with a golf professional to make sure that you are maintaining good form in your swing at all times, since a bad swing can cause major damage.

Golfers love their sport, and rightfully so. Take a little extra time before each game to prepare yourself for pain-free fun. Ask your shoulder surgeon for more information on preventing rotator cuff trouble.

 

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