Golfers will be looking forward to getting back on the fairways after a wet and dismal winter, and the lighter spring and early summer evenings offer a perfect time to get out on the course.
Although golfers aren’t subject to the same level of physical strain as some other sports, injuries do still occur when playing golf and the most common of these is known as golfer’s elbow.
What is Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s Elbow is a form of elbow tendonitis, and occurs when the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow become inflamed or torn, causing pain on the inside of the elbow.
It is known as golfer’s elbow as it can be caused by repetitive motions such as a golf swing, and by the overuse and stress of the muscles in the forearm that allow you to grip a club and flex your wrist.
It is also worth noting that other activities can lead to golfer’s elbow, such as baseball, rock climbing or even using common tools such as screwdrivers.
You will know you have golfer’s elbow if you have a pain near the bony knob on the inside of the elbow, although sometimes this can extend down the whole of the forearm. You are also likely to feel discomfort when you are performing gripping tasks or flexing your wrist towards your body.
Best Golfer’s Elbow Supports
Golfer’s Elbow can really disrupt your game, so it is advised to get physiotherapy treatment as soon as possible and to apply ice to the affected area regularly. You may need to rest the elbow initially, but there are some excellent golfer’s elbow supports and braces that will help you to continue to play and protect your injury.
LP’s Extreme Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow Support (product code 751CA) will help to relieve pain associated with golfer’s elbow, and it includes a silicone pad which offers extra pressure on the muscle in the forearm.
It is made from innovative Coolprene material which helps to keep the skin dry and comfortable, and the adjustable hook and loop closure allows extra tension if required. It is available for £11.25 and provided in a one size fits all size.
Another recommended product to combat the pain from golfer’s elbow is the LP Tennis and Golf Elbow Brace (product code 551).
This brace includes a foam pad to help relieve discomfort on both sides of the forearm, and the moulded rigid shell provides even pressure on the tissue around the elbow.
The brace can be adjusted for a comfortable fit, and this also ensures that the elbow is supported and stabilised during play. It is available for £19.99 in sizes from Small through to Extra Large.
Although Golfer’s Elbow is not as common as it’s cousin, Tennis Elbow, it can still be a painful condition and needs to be carefully managed to prevent further injury. Our range of Golfer’s Elbow supports and braces will keep you out on the course and help you to concentrate on your game!