The golf swing is broken down into phases:
- Impact or ball strike
- Follow through
Limitation in range of motion at any point will reduce the golfer’s ability to achieve a full swing and deliver power to the ball efficiently; transferring stress to the joints and muscles increasing risk of injury and decreasing performance.
The three most common body sites for injury are back, shoulder and elbow
Acute injuries are usually the result of a single traumatic episode eg: hitting tree roots.
Overuse injuries are more subtle and usually occur over time linked with:
- Lack of flexibility
- Poor conditioning and control
- Excessive/intermittent play
- Poor swing mechanics
Ground impact force
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