The 41st Ryder Cup will be played Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, USA.  The Ryder Cup features 12-member teams representing the United States and Europe in three days of match-play competition.

In 1926 an unofficial challenge match between the USA and Great Britain was watched by an English seed merchant called Samuel Ryder. As a keen golfer and successful businessman, Ryder championed the idea of the meeting becoming a regular thing. Ryder agreed to commission the first trophy and in 1926 the first Ryder Cup took place.

It’s thought that over 50 million people play golf worldwide and some 2.5 million play regularly in the UK.

Golf injuries are reported to affect 15-20% of players. These are mostly overuse injuries and tend to be more prevalent in amateurs. 

Below are some examples of the most common golf injuries we see at FROC

1. LOW BACK PAIN

Not surprising this tends to be the most common complaint among golfers and accounts for 20% of all injuries. The repetitive and unilateral action of the golf swing is often to blame. Amateur golfers in particular often have poor technique and often bring an existing injury onto the course.

2. GOLFERS ELBOW

Golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis occurs when the muscles of the forearm that are used to flex the wrist forward are overloaded. This causes micro tears and inflammation of the tendon where it attaches to the bone on the inside of the elbow. Forceful gripping of the golf club or a poor “wristy technique” are often to blame.

3. KNEE PAIN

Knee injuries are fairly common in golfers and damage to the cartilage (meniscus) probably tops the list. 

Meniscus injuries are more associated with higher impact sports that involve rapid twisting movements such as football and rugby. Unfortunately for the golfer it can be as simple as the rotation of the knee during the swing, squatting down to line up a putt or even getting the ball out of the hole.

Previous injuries earlier in life can often lead to early osteoarthritic changes in the knee. This can be aggravated when playing golf with repeated bending of the knee and prolonged walking.

4. SHOULDER PAIN

Golf is a unique sport when it comes to shoulders. 

During the golf swing each shoulder is doing the opposite manoeuvre. The leading shoulder is forced across the body into extreme adduction at the top of the back swing and the non-leading shoulder is then abducted and externally rotated away from the body. This leads to different injuries for each shoulder.

The shoulder is a “ball and socket” joint. This allows a wonderful range of movement in all directions but leaves the shoulder a little vulnerable to overuse injuries. The rotator cuff is a collection of four muscles that together, reinforce the joint.

Most injuries to the rotator cuff start as inflammation (tendonitis). If left this can lead to tears and even rupture.

If you have an injury, sports related or not please consider osteopathy. It takes four extensive years including over 1000 hours of clinical training to become a registered osteopath. 

We understand how your body is built, know how it works and are experts when it goes wrong. 

All four osteopaths at FROC are keen on sport and understand the concerns of injury. 

Please call us on 01342 823722 or email admin@79.170.44.81