Although it’s a gentle sport not known for carrying significant risk of injury, there are actually inherent injuries associated with golf. Elderly people in particular should be aware of the risks in order to avoid golfing injuries.
1) Back pain. The hunched-over stance adopted by many golfers puts a lot of strain on the back, as does the swing itself. Needless to say, this can be extremely painful. Care should be taken to stretch as frequently as possible and pay careful attention to form to avoid these types of golfing injuries.
2) Shoulder pain. This is another common injury for golfers, on a repetitive strain injury basis. It can also, however, be caused by an underlying condition such as arthritis or a tear in the rotator cuff, so it’s important to visit a doctor if you experience pain in the shoulder.
3) Knee pain. Often caused by knee arthritis, kneecap pain or a torn meniscus, stress can be taken off the knee with an adjusted stance.
4) Trigger finger. One of the more unusual injuries, trigger finger, is when a finger or fingers lock up. It’s caused by the flexor tendon sheath being inhibited, thus blocking the movement of the finger tendons.
5) Wrist Impaction Syndrome. This is the result of the wrist bones banging into each other, through repetitive or excess movements, both of which occur during the practice of golf.
Although often mocked and ridiculed by people, health and safety laws exist to keep people safe – and protected in the case of an injury that isn’t your fault. These laws mean that if you suffer a fall when no warning sign was around, you can seek financial remuneration. Just as you have the right to sue an employer for accidents at work if proper procedures were not adhered to, so too does the public have rights. While the risks of golf aren’t entirely down to the club, they are obliged to provide fully working equipment. The field must be in good order, so players do not trip over potholes and other imperfections, and the carts must be maintained to the highest standard.
If you suffer an injury that wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline can give no-obligation advice on whether you can proceed to seek compensation. If you decide to proceed, you will be content in the knowledge that Accident Advice Helpline has helped countless injured people secure compensation for injuries from everything including car crash claims and repetitive strain injury.
Date Published: November 4, 2013
Author: David Brown