G.U.R. - Golfers Under Repair
Upper Body Golf Injury Rehabilitation
Tennis Elbow – Cause Effect & Prevention
On every golf course in the world you will see golfers with “tennis elbow” braces on their arms. Most golfers will also know a member at their club who has experienced the curse of “tennis elbow”. Contrary to popular belief most golfers incur “tennis elbow” rather than “golfer's elbow”
Thirty to forty years ago this was the opposite. “Golfer's elbow” was more prevalent and the cause purely due to changes in golf technique over the years.
In the 1950's & 60's the golf swing had a tendency to be more “armsy” with greater side movement however now the swing has evolved into a more athletic and powerful movement. (Research has shown that the club head speeds can reach 120km/hr and the forces are equal to your body weight at impact) and the trunk deep muscles are now being fired in the golf swing.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is pain on the outside of the forearm radiating down into the wrist area. It is aggravated by gripping objects e.g. golf clubs, door handles, steering wheel. The pain gradually leads to a feeling of weakness in the hand and arm and eventually an inability to play golf.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Constant repetition of a movement e.g. golf practice, computer work, gardening.
This article will focus on the origins of Tennis Elbow from a golf perspective and giving you a “take away” system to give to your golf coach and golf therapist. Outlined are checklists to fill in and self-screen your equipment, swing and body for tennis elbow.
Golf Equipment Check
Golf Swing Check
Golf Physical Tests
The following tests can also be used as tennis elbow injury prevention exercise drills.Please note that if you are unable to maintain the positions or if you make compensatory movements or experience tightness or pain, stop during the exercises immediately and seek medical advice. These tests can indicate that you are prone to tennis elbow, shoulder and neck injuries if you are unable to do them.
If you have found the breakdowns are related to your tennis elbow please contact your local golf therapist and golf coach to seek appropriate consultation. Hopefully by checking yourself out and using this screening system you will prevent tennis elbow limiting your golf participation.Present the “tennis elbow self test check list system” to your golf therapist and golf coach to ensure that everyone is addressing the management of your tennis elbow.
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