Golf: Most likely injuries for professionals?

golf-swing-injury-sitesWhat body parts are most likely to get an injury for:
a) male professional golfers?
b) female professional golfers?
Another interesting question is what percentage of professional golfers get injured because of their sport?  In one study, 66% of all professional golfers (teaching & touring) had a significant golf injury during their career, while 31% had an injury during the past year. (2)
What makes these numbers even more significant is that these are people who exercise extensively with some of the best trainers in the world and they use excellent technique.  Keep in mind that this study was completed in the post Tiger Woods era when physical conditioning for professional golfers was elevated to new heights.
What does this tell us about the likelihood of injuries and the importance of high quality training for amateurs?
Answers to the original questions (1)
a) Male professional golfers – The low back is the most likely area to be injured.
b) Female professional golfers – The wrist is the most injured area.
Excerpt from Dr. Wallman’s upcoming book “Golf: Training Driven By Diagnosis”
1) Clin Sports Med. 1996 Jan;15(1):1-7.
2) Br J Sports Med 2011;45:e1 doi:10.1136/bjsm.2010.081554.12
This article is not intended to offer a diagnosis or medical advice.  It is offered strictly for educational purposes.  Please consult members of your health care team directly to explore these or any other health care concepts.

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