Although golf is usually thought of as a rather benign activity by comparison with rugby, football, running, surfing – indeed, practically all other sports – it carries a fairly high risk of injury, according to a new study from Australia (‘Golf injuries – common and potentially avoidable’, J Sci Med Sport 2005; 8:2:163-170).
The study was set up to explore the injury profile of female golfers – including treatment sought and the impact of the injury on performance and participation – by means of a questionnaire completed by 522 golfers involved in the Victorian Women’s Pennant Competition, which is held over seven weeks each year in Victoria, Australia.
The key findings were:
The researchers point out that, while golf does not require extreme strength or flexibility, it does call for the coordinated movement of conditioned muscles throughout a large range of motion in the basic swing.
They suggest that the injury incidence could be reduced by effective preventive measures, including (measurement of migration of the centre of gravity) and measurements of maximum strength of ankle isokinetic concentric flexion and extension.