Low back pain is the most common complaint among both pro and amateur golfers. If you play frequently and your back and abdominal muscles aren't strong enough, you're a candidate for overuse pain in the lower back. Obesity, smoking and poor overall fitness make you especially susceptible to back pain.
Swinging a golf club can also put undue stress on the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder. Repeated overuse can cause microscopic tears in the tendons of these 4 muscles which leads to swelling and inflammation. Keeping the rotator cuff strong and flexible can help prevent injury, as well as improve your game.
Wrists and elbows need to withstand a great deal of stress in golf. The elbow is at high risk if your club hits the ground or hits an unexpected obstacle. "Golfer's Elbow" can cause pain on the inside and outside of the joint, and can affect both elbows. Wrist pain usually affects the left wrist (if you're right-handed).
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