Preventing Injury While Golfing

John Oppedisano directly oversees the daily operations of seven departments and 100 employees as the director at General Dynamics Corporation. When he is not working, John Oppedisano enjoys various sports, such as golf.

Golf is a leisurely and popular sport around the world. Though it typically has a low risk of injury, players may still experience elbow, wrist, lower back, or head injuries as a result of playing. It is possible to prevent many of these injuries through the use of proper techniques and some basic warm-ups. It is important to maintain proper golfing posture; this means avoiding both hunching over and over-swinging to prevent neck strain, excess stress on the joints, and back pain. Maintaining smooth movement while swinging also prevents strain within the forearm.

Players can also avoid injuries during golf by stretching and warming up before starting to play. Gentle movement that imitates swinging various clubs and shifting one’s weight allows for the body to slowly get used to the regular movements of golf, thus preventing injury. It is also important to wear the proper footwear, and carefully lift and carry one’s clubs. As with any sport, staying hydrated during the game is important, as is building and strengthening essential muscles. Should an injury occur, it is best to stop playing immediately and seek medical treatment or first aid to prevent any further complications.

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