Common Golfing Injuries
Elbow Pain In Golfers
Golfers’ elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition where tendons of your forearm muscle that attach to the bony prominence on the inside of your elbow are inflamed, causing pain and a weak grip. This is an overuse injury of the wrist flexors and pronator muscles in the forearm and can affect anyone, not just golfers.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a similar condition affecting tendons of your forearm muscles that attach to the outside of your elbow. This condition is also not just limited to tennis players but anyone who stresses the wrist extensors and supinator muscles of the forearm.
Repetitive throwing, twisting, or lifting the forearm may cause this inflammatory condition around the elbow. Any golfer with pain in the inner part of your elbow shoulder consider the following factors:
- Grip strength. If you clutch or grip your clubs too hard, you will undoubtedly stress the muscles of your forearm and may develop pain on the inside or outside of your elbow, or both. Relax your grip and reduce the tempo of your swing.
- Grip size. Consider the size of the grips at the top of your irons, woods, and driver. If the grip is too small, you will end up unnecessarily stressing the muscles in your forearm. This can be mitigated by trying on a larger grip for your equipment.
- Grip quality. Some golfers are guilty of never changing the grip for our clubs. Each grip has a specific firmness and texture that would suit your individual game. Grips that are worn out with little texture will make players use excessive hand pressure to create a confident grip on their club. This lack of hand traction and gripping confidence will overstrain your forearm muscles, thus leading to pain around the elbow.
- Wear a brace. Consider wearing a forearm muscle splint for either golfers’ or tennis elbow. This brace is worn about two finger-breaths below the elbow crease and works to take the strain off the affected tendon. This brace is to be worn even when not playing golf, and advisably for a period of about 4 to 6 weeks.