How Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel Can Reduce Pain from the Most Common Golf Injuries
Golf is a great way to stay in shape and maintain good cardiovascular health while sharing the love of a sport with other people, especially for older adults. But even a relatively low-impact sport like golf has injury risks, especially due to stress from repetitive motion, long practice hours, and limited recovery periods. Read on below to learn the most common types of golf injuries and how Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel can improve your training experience and recovery time!
1. Back Injuries and Pain
The repeated strain of a golf swing, as well as the frequency of hunching over while lining up shots and preparing to swing, place a great deal of uneven pressure on the back. Symptoms include:
- A dull ache on one side of the back.
- Stiffness in the back.
- Lordosis, an increase in the curve of the lower back when the core muscles are strained, which worsens back pain.
- Pain that can extend to the hip or thigh.
- Nerve pain in the leg when a herniated disc presses on a nerve.
The mechanics of your golf swing or bad golf habits can contribute to back pain or injury. Some mechanical and habitual issues that can harm the spine include:
- Bending too far to the trailing side during the forward swing.
- Rotating the body beyond its range of motion.
- Engaging the wrong muscles or engaging muscles inadequately.
- Rotating the leg inward at the hip during your swing.
- Having weak core muscles.
- Playing golf for extended periods of time, leading to muscle fatigue.
2. Rotator Cuff Tear
The muscles and tendons that surround and stabilize the shoulder joint are known collectively as the rotator cuff. They help rotate your shoulder and arm away and towards your body. The repetitive stress of golf swings can cause small tissue tears that worsen over time. Symptoms include:
- A dull ache deep in the shoulder.
- Reduced range of motion.
- Shoulder and arm weakness.
- Pain at rest, especially when lying on the injured shoulder.
Rotator cuff tears can be partial (damages the tendon) or full-thickness (separates the tendon from the bone). They can be acute, a sudden tear caused by an accident, but most in golf are degenerative, happening over a longer period of heavy use. Causes include:
- Gradual tendon damage: small tears in the rotator cuff increase with time and use, breaking down the ligaments and muscle tissue.
- Lack of recovery time.
3. Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
A form of tendonitis that causes inflammation and soreness in the elbow. Symptoms include:
- Elbow stiffness
- Tenderness and pain, most often in the inner side of the elbow and forearm, that can be worsened by certain movements.
- Tingling and numbness in the fingers.
- Weakness in the hands and wrists.
This is a repetitive motion injury, and occurs most frequently when flexing, gripping, or swinging cause pulls or small tears in the tendons. Unless similar conditions like tennis elbow, golfer's elbow most heavily affects the inner elbow.
4. Wrist Tendonitis and Other Wrist Injuries
Surrounding the tendons in your wrist is a layer of lubricated tissue called the tendon sheath. Irritation of this sheath can cause enlargement and irritation, making it harder for tendons to glide smoothly through the sheath. This compresses the tendon, causing pain when using your wrist and fingers. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty with certain hand and finger movements, loss of manual dexterity.
- Stiffness or a "catching" or popping sensation when using your wrist or fingers.
- Swelling in the wrist or at the bases of your fingers.
- Wrist pain, especially at the sides of the wrist.
Wrist tendonitis is often caused by repetitive stress on the wrist, most commonly on the tendons in the back side of your wrist that extend and straighten your wrist and fingers.
5. Foot and Ankle Injuries
A golf swing can cause you to twist, turn, or otherwise move your foot and ankle in an awkward way, stretching or tearing the ligaments, the connective tissue that helps connect the bones in your foot and ankle. This can cause an immediate injury or long-term wear of the connective tissue around your foot and ankle.
- Symptoms: Pain and swelling in the ankle or foot, as well as bruising and discoloration. Range of motion will be limited.
- Causes: An ankle sprain can be caused by a stretched or torn ligament due to the ankle being moved out of normal position. Tendonitis in the foot or ankle can be occur due to repeated stress on your feet during golf swings or walking the course.
The power in a golf swing starts at the foot, and this puts pressure on your feet when enacted repeatedly. Proper form is particularly vital with golf swings, as even a textbook swing will shift the position of your feet and ankles in a way that puts a great deal of force on them.
6. Hamstring and Hip Injuries
The most common sports injury, hamstring injuries involve pain and tearing in the muscles on the back of your thigh. These muscles are responsible for hip and knee movements in walking, squatting, bending your knees, and tilting your pelvis. During a golf swing, the use of your hip for stability and its sharp abduction away from the midline of your body stress the hip and hamstring.
- Symptoms: Straining, tightness, and weakness in your hamstring that develops gradually, which can lead to a sudden tear. An injured hamstring might feel tender to the touch and look bruised at the site.
- Causes: Muscle overload, which causes strains and tears as the muscle lengthens and contracts during use. Can also happen suddenly if the muscle is stretched too far or strained too suddenly. Can be the result of poor conditioning and muscle imbalances, muscle fatigue, or exercising with tight muscles.
How Can Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel Help Reduce Pain from Golf Injuries?
Injuries are extremely common for athletes and tend to develop gradually due to repetitive stress on the legs combined with poor or limited downtime after exercise. Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel is a unique formulation of high-quality, all-natural ingredients designed to reduce muscle, joint, tendon, and ligament soreness and strain after exercise! Our ingredients have been specially chosen to reduce inflammation and strain after physical activity:
- Menthol: Its cooling sensation numbs pain, providing immediate relief, while it widens blood vessels to improve circulation and deliver more oxygen and nutrients to damaged areas.
- MSM: Prevents breakdown of connective tissue like ligaments and reduces inflammation.
- Spearmint: Soothes pain and muscle contractions, reducing stress on the foot.
- Aloe Vera: Anti-inflammatory plant that promotes faster muscle recovery.
- Camphor: Cooling pain reliever that reduces swelling from injury and increases circulation.
- Vitamin E: Reduces muscle soreness and encourages muscle rebuilding, strengthening the foot's support.
- Green Tea Extract: Powerful antioxidant that reduces the oxidative stress that can cause inflammation.
- Arnica Flower: Relieves inflammation and muscle soreness while improving circulation.
- Turmeric: Inhibits inflammatory response while promoting deep absorption of ingredients, fighting pain at its source.
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