Golf injuries have been reported to affect 15-20% of golfers each year. Golf injuries are mostly due to overuse, but there are some traumatic injuries that can occur on the golf course. Golf requires explosive power for driving off the tee and fairways. These repeated actions can put stress on the tissues and cause injuries.
Lower back pain is the most common golf injury, accounting for around 20% of all golf injuries. Other common golf injuries include elbow pain, shoulder pain, foot pain and knee pain.
The research evidence indicates that recreational golfers tend to sustain more golf injuries than professional level golfers and that more injuries occur as players get older. Generally, overuse injuries tend to occur as we get older because the joint and tendon tissues become less able to withstand stress. It is often the case that the injury was sustained during some other sport or activity, but that it is aggravated during golf.