Get Active! June is National Men's Health Month

June 03, 2019

June is National Men’s Health Month! The goal of this month is to encourage men to participate in activities that offer health and wellness benefits.

Golf is an excellent activity this time of year to participate in to help improve your overall health and well-being. This low-impact activity is a great way to get a full body workout and to have fun with friends. More benefits include improved strength, an increase in flexibility and range of motion, better balance and coordination, weight loss, and reduced stress.

Although golf is a low-impact activity, it is still important to be aware of common golf injuries that can occur out on the course. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, most golf injuries result from overuse mechanisms such as repeating the same golf swing motion over and over, which places significant stress on the same parts of your body. One of the most common injuries in golf is Medial Epicondylitis (also known as Golfer’s Elbow).

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow) is an inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow. This results in pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow.
Tip to Prevent Golfer’s Elbow: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises players to strengthen your forearm muscles and slow your golf swing so that there will be less shock in the arm when the ball is hit.
Additional Injury Prevention Tips:
 
  1. Warm-up and stretch to prepare your body for a round of golf. Focus on your lower back, hips, legs, and shoulders.
  2. Learn and practice proper swing technique.
  3. Make sure your gear fits your specific needs and abilities.
  4. Participate in an exercise program that includes strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, and balance.
  5. Stay hydrated throughout the day and maintain proper nutrition.

Our team at OAA is here to help you enjoy being out on the golf course. If you have Golfer’s Elbow or another injury that is preventing you from enjoying the many health benefits of golf, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians by calling 610-973-6200 or filling out our “Request an Appointment” form.
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