Golf Injury Primer


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Golf Injury Primer

This article is based primarily on the findings by Patrick et al. 2018

Have you ever hit the links with the boys on labor day weekend and enjoyed a few libations and laughs? If you have, that probably means you’re an amateaur and not a professional. There are likely many reasons why that’s the case, too. That was an unnecessary shot, but it’s PGA launch week at and there’s no great way for a guy who goes by “football injury doc” and works in baseball to start a golf-related injury piece. Nevertheless, welcome!

Injuries are everywhere in sports and golf is no exception. As Patrick and friends inform us, there are some points to consider when it comes to golf like the distinct differences between injuries to pro golfers vs. the weekend warrior. Additionally, besides decent effort, the methods of reporting these injuries and quality of data is sparse. Nevertheless, there are some facts you should know about golf injuries.

Professional golfers hit more than 2,000 balls per week

Yep. If you’re thinking about making a comeback and dusting off those garage clubs, better get to work.

Low back pain is the most common injury in golf

As Patrick points out, spine injuries in general are common among golfers with the low back leading the charge with an injury rate that can reach up to 34-percent. Next up is the neck injured up to 25-percent of the time and the mid back which sits around 22-percent. The low back does not naturally rotate to a great deal and a golf swing requires a heavy amount of hip and low back rotation. This could be a part of the reason why this occurs.

The left upper extremity is injured more frequently than the right

This includes shoulder, wrist, hand, arm etc and is not limited to the elbow which you may have heard of in the context of “golfer’s elbow”. This of course leads to the question you’re probably thinking.

The hand/wrist is the second most common injury in golf

This is more specific than “upper extremity” and sits at a rate anywhere between six and 37-percent depending on the source you look at. As’s own Joe Dolan can attest to - hand injuries are no joke!

Your injuries are different than Scottie Scheffler’s

Believe it or not, professional athletes have a whole different set of injuries than amateurs - who would have thought? One of the main findings by Patrick and his team is that pro golfers injure the neck and hand/wrist more frequently than, well, you. This is an interesting fact that probably has something to do with the pure repetition and volume. Below is a nice infographic of the findings by Patrick and team.

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Edwin completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy education in 2020. His expertise is in all thing’s orthopedics, injury recovery, and he has a special interest in human performance. Edwin’s vision is to push injury advice past simple video analysis and into the realm of applying data from the medical literature to help fantasy players make informed start-sit decisions.