Shoulder or Knee Injury: What to prepare for when playing golf.

Arnold Palmers recent decision to not take part in the ceremonial tee shot at this year’s Masters Tournament due to shoulder injury, shows how golfers are prone to injuries just like any other professional athlete.  A lot of golfers are playing hurt.  Whether it be tendinitis, sore muscles, or arthritis, golfers tend to stay off the course to heal rather than focus on neuromuscular exercises to prevent such injuries.

As Jack Nicklaus famously said, “Professional golfers condition to play golf; amateur golfers play golf to condition.”  Its not a mystery that a majority of amateur golfers will sustain a significant injury due to poor physical health, bad golf mechanics, or inadequately warming up.  Its even worse for professional golfers who swing at 400-500 balls a day.

The truth is there is no one type of injury to prepare for when playing golf.  Whether it be elbow, wrist, or lower back, it all depends on how you practice and exercise.  But having a detailed look into your body’s chemistry can help you focus on areas that are more prone to golf injuries.  That’s where genomic profiling and blood chemistry analysis come in.  For example, genetic predisposition to maladies like arthritis can influence your recovery time.

Research shows that humans vary in both physical and mental abilities, and a good portion of that variation is due to an individual’s genetic makeup. In addition, there is evidence that familial factors also contribute to variability in training response.  In other words, golfers like any other professional athlete, differ in the time it takes to train.

So the next time you are out on the golf course, don’t get distracted by whether your shoulder will hurt by the end of the day, or whether you haven’t practiced long enough to compete.  Stay focused on the game and your next swing by taking precautionary steps to exercise and train the way your genomic profile tells you to.