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Do you enjoy playing golf yet have a shoulder injury? If you take the necessary precautions, you can frequently continue to participate in your chosen sport. The following advice will help you protect your shoulder. It will also teach you golf strengthening and mobility exercises you can do at home 2-3 times per week.

Shoulder Pain during your Golf Game?

A lengthy day of divots and sand shots or an ambitious swing can often result in shoulder soreness. The most frequent ailment for the typical golfer is low back discomfort, which is followed closely by shoulder pain.

The shoulder joint is by nature unstable. It more closely resembles a golf ball on a tee and is referred to as a "ball in socket" joint. To keep a working joint, it primarily depends on soft tissues like ligaments and muscles. This gives us great movement, enabling us to throw, lifts, pushes, and pull all day long. Additionally, it is prone to malfunction and can restrict even the most basic movements, let alone a golf swing.

Improve your golf game with physiotherapy

Precautions to Take When Playing Golf with Shoulder Tendonitis

By adopting the proper measures, you can make golf less harmful to your shoulder if you suffer from a condition like tendinitis. Avoid more harm by using techniques like:

  1. 1
    Changing Your Swing: To prevent shoulder soreness when playing golf, try shortening your backswing or follow-through. Your danger of getting hurt in the game is lower if you keep your movements to a minimum.
  2. 2
    Using Longer Clubs: Your range of motion may be restricted by a shoulder injury or surgery. Consider switching to a longer club that extends your reach to make up for the tightness.
  3. 3
    Resting When Needed: If your shoulder starts to pain while you're playing golf, stop. You need to give your muscles time to recover so that further injury won't happen.

Ask your shoulder expert for further suggestions that are suited to your specific requirements.

How can I improve my Golf game?

A golf swing involves a variety of forces and mechanical elements, as you could guess. It everything comes down to physics, no matter how complicated a golf swing may be. The golf ball travels in the opposite direction when it is struck by a club. This straightforward idea can help us in two ways: by increasing our force output and expanding our range of motion.

1. Increased force production

 Any activity that helps a person's golf swing muscles become stronger will enable them to generate more force, which they may then apply to the golf ball.

2. Increasing the range of motion that is available

Any mobility exercise that can increase range of motion for a golf club that creates a force that is sustained over a longer period of time.

3. Exercise therapy to improve your Golf Game

You can hit the ball farther and raise your game when you follow a specialized strength and mobility regimen!
Your entire body is involved in a solid golf swing. Your feet must be firmly planted and fully committed. Your legs and core provide the thrust for your swing, which is then seamlessly transferred to your arms. It takes powerful muscles and flexible joints from head to toe to maximize your swing.
These exercises will help you increase your shoulder's stability and mobility, so give them a try at home!

  • Press-ups: These help the thoracic spine become more mobile, enhancing shoulder and thoracic rotation.
  • Dynamic Chest Stretch on a Foam Roller: This moves the rotator cuff and lower trap muscles to help move the shoulders while opening up the chest and stretching the pectorals muscles.
  • Supine Egyptian Presses: By relaxing the pectorals, the inhibited rotator cuff muscles can be stimulated in order to increase the stability and rotation of the shoulder joint.
  • Bretzel Stretch: This increases the mobility of the transverse line running the length of the body, which aids with shoulder and spinal rotation.
  • Tall Kneeling Shoulder Flexion and Extension: This exercise helps activate the back muscles that support and stabilise the shoulder blades
  • Resisted Shoulder Flexion Control: This helps to establish a stronger shoulder girdle by continuing to train the shoulder stabilizer muscles with resistance.

Looking to better your Golf game?

Golf is one of the most popular sports and part of that reason is that anyone—at any age—can start playing. It’s low-impact and a physical activity you don’t already need to be in shape to start playing, though the walking it involves will likely help improve your fitness. 

If you're looking to take your golf game up a notch, we recommend that you consult with a registered physiotherapist. You will then learn about how you can improve your golf game and condition your body so that you can stay on the course longer.

Schedule an appointment with Caring Hands Physiotherapy today.

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