The physical challenges of golf

The physical challenges of golf

Many who are new to golf wonder if golf is a physical activity, and the answer is a resounding yes. Golf provides great physical exercise through repetitive movements for long periods of time. However, with this comes many challenges and opportunities for strain or injury. In this guide you can find an overview of the most common golf injuries, as well as tips for how to combat them and how CBD oil could aid your recovery.

Back pain

Whether you’re an athlete or not, everyone suffers from some form of back pain at some point in their lives. Golfers can be more prone to back pain due to the position in which they play the sport. Lower back pain is more common, however, overdoing rotational swing practice can also cause stress in between the shoulder blades. 

Back injury and pain can be prevented by good technique and avoiding hunching over when practising. Head over to our guide on golf posture for more guidance on this. Yoga also provides good muscular exercise and can also help you to relax in between rounds. 

If you do succumb to a back injury, the best thing you can do is get plenty of rest and take over the counter painkillers until the muscles have repaired themselves. Deep tissue massage is advantageous for more severe or ongoing injuries. More and more players are utilising CBD oil for golf, as its natural anti-inflammatory properties are said to relieve pain, aid recovery and reduce the effects of injuries.

Golfer’s Elbow (tendonitis) 

Tendonitis in golfers usually refers to inflammation and irritation in the elbow. Make sure your swing does not put too much strain on your elbows to avoid tendinitis of any kind. Tendonitis develops as a result of overuse of the tendons involved, so make sure to rotate your practise routine to give your elbows and arms a break.

Again, the best remedy for this condition is rest. Working on your swing when recovered can prevent this from reoccurring in the future. Our range of CBD oils could help reduce inflammation from injuries such as tendonitis, while inducing feelings of calm and relaxation during recovery time. 

Rotator Cuff injury

Rotator cuffs are located in the shoulders and are categorised as the four stabilising muscles. When this area is suffering from injury, you will likely feel a pinching sensation as a result of the muscles swelling or tearing. 

Stretching and mild strength training can prevent this type of injury, as well as correcting and maintaining good form. If you do suffer with a Rotator Cuff injury, keep the area elevated and apply regular ice packs until the swelling has subsided.

Knee pain

Knee injuries are extremely common in golf, and should be dealt with sooner rather than later. You could eventually end up putting a lot of stress and pressure on a weak knee when anchoring the rotation of the hip axis at the start of a swing. Your doctor can prescribe the best course of treatment after diagnosing the problem.

Wrist pain

Tendonitis can also occur in the wrists, when they are put under immense stress from overuse during swing and gameplay. Severe cases can stop you from being able to hold your club correctly, therefore impairing your game. During your time away from the course, schedule a few minutes a day to practise some simple wrist stretches and exercises. 

CBD oil for golf

CBD oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties which could aid your recovery of any of the injuries we have discussed above, as well as pain management to help you get back to the course as soon as it is safe to do so. If you’re struggling to sleep due to pain, CBD could help you get a better night's sleep by promoting relaxation and mental calmness.

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