SATURDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Golf may appear to be easier on the body than many other sports, but don't be fooled.
Poor form and technique can lead to injuries of the bones, muscles or joints, warns the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which cited federal statistics showing that medical professionals treated more than 103,000 golf-related injuries in 2007.
"Golfers -- especially beginners, who haven't learned proper techniques yet -- are more susceptible to injuries from overuse and poor mechanics," Dr. Jon B. Tucker, an orthopedic surgeon and AAOS spokesman, said in a news release. "It's important for golfers to regularly participate in a muscle-conditioning program to reduce the risk of common golf injuries."
The maladies include hand tenderness or numbness; pain in the shoulder, back, knee or elbow, and wrist injuries, such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, according to statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
To help prevent injuries that will keep you off the links, the AAOS recommends:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about golf safety.
SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, May 2009