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A Guide to Recovering From and Avoiding Common Golf Injuries – by Allison Gray in Collaboration With Brian Sparks

Injuries are part of golf, especially as a player gets older. If you are unfortunate enough to get injured, it is best not to rush back to playing and take the time to recover.

In this article, we will provide a guide to recovering from common injuries and present examples of pro golfers who recovered from these particularly recurring injuries.

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Golfers commonly suffer injuries to their shoulders such as rotator cuff tendonitis, labrum tears, A-C joint arthritis, and impingement. Symptoms include pain in the shoulder, as well as tightness and discomfort. One player who dealt with a significant shoulder injury was Beau Hossler, who only turned pro in 2016. Golf Digest reported in 2016 that Hossler played through a torn labrum in the NCAA tournament. The injury delayed Hossler’s pro debut, as he needed to undergo rehab and physical therapy for four months. But he has since fully recovered, and is now one of the sport’s rising stars.

Shoulder injuries are very common for older players, especially those who have been playing for a long time. It is best to notice the symptoms early on to avoid having to have any surgery done to the shoulder. Rest and mobility exercises are the best way to recover from mild discomfort.

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Leg and foot injuries are very common among golfers, too. Ian Poulter in 2016 dealt with an aching foot that forced him to miss four months of golf action. Arthritic joints caused the pain – likely due to all the walking he does around courses. His recovery process required an extended period of rest and lots of rehab. After getting injured Poulter said “right now, rest and rehab take priority.”

Like Poulter, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy has also dealt with a foot injury. McIlroy famously ruptured his left ankle ligament in July 2015, which meant he couldn’t defend the Open Championship he won a year prior. While the injury occurred off the golf course, his ligaments were likely vulnerable to injury due to the amount of stress put on them while playing. Surprisingly he only missed a month. His injured foot was placed in a moon boot for immobilisation and he started therapy almost immediately. He was back playing competitive golf in time for the 2015 PGA Tour Championship.

One reason that golfers commonly suffer injuries to their legs and feet is their swing, which puts pressure on the joints and ligaments. For those who are experiencing discomfort they should consider altering their style of play. Instead of focusing on the lowest score possible it is better to find and learn the Easiest Swing. Although the absence of effort can give the impression that the ball may not travel as far as a result of this revolutionary golf philosophy, formulated by English golf professional, Brian Sparks, you may actually find that you hit it even further. Now, how can this be? Quiet simply, relaxed movement allows you to create more speed whereas the tension of the modern swing will do the opposite. This explains why today’s tour players spend so much time in the gym as they need to compensate with raw power. Using the Easiest Swing will help you to play with less stress on your joints and help you to enjoy golf more. This is particularly effective for the senior golfer, both male and female.

Back injuries are another major concern for golfers. No less than Tiger Woods has been felled by recurring back problems. A study of golf swings published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, suggests that the so-called x-factor swing most professionals favour is likely to blame for his bad back. This violent swing, which has a more forceful downswing, puts increased strain on the spinal discs and its surrounding joints. Woods, perhaps not coincidentally, was among the first to utilise this golf swing. That, according to researcher Dr. Corey Walker, possibly caused repetitive traumatic discopathy in Tiger’s back. Nevertheless he recovered, but not after two microdiscectomies (in 2014 and 2015), a back procedure to relieve discomfort (also in 2015), and a back fusion surgery in 2017. Along the way he had plenty of rehabilitation and rest, including months of limited activity. Surgery, rest, and rehabilitation are the most effective treatments for back problems. But Tiger could have maybe saved his back earlier by altering his golf swing to something akin to Easiest Swing’s senior golf swing. It is a more relaxed swing, as it involves having an awareness of muscular tightness and tension, as well as a more pronounced hip turn.

As you may have noticed there are some common denominators here. First is the need for rest — lots of it. It is crucial because it gives the body the chance to heal. Just as crucial is rehab or physical therapy. These help prepare the body for playing, as it enhances strength, improves flexibility, and increase range of motion. Last but not the least, injured golfers need to be willing to change or alter their swing to relive the strain it puts on the body. If you believe your golf swing is contributing to discomfort, the Easiest Swing just might be the answer.

If you want to find out even more about the Easiest Swing then we highly recommend Brian’s book, “Positive Impact Golf” generally available through Amazon and other bookstores.

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