There is nothing like a relaxing day of golf on a warm day. Unfortunately, the painful effects of Golfer’s Elbow can put a damper on any golfer’s day on the green. Stay strong and pain-free this golf season with proper exercise and supports for Golfer’s Elbow.
Defining Golfer’s Elbow
Tennis Elbow. Golfer’s Elbow. Pitcher’s Elbow. Medial Epicondylitis. No matter how you phrase it, this injury is known for its painful swelling of elbow tendons that result from repetitive motions, like swinging your golf club, or even every day movement like raking the leaves, gardening, or vacuuming. Symptoms include pain and tenderness on the inner side of your elbow and/or along the inner side of your arm, stiffness in the elbow, pain while making a fist, weakness in your hands and wrists, and numbness or tingling in one or more fingers.
Exercises for Golfer’s Elbow
One of the best ways to avoid Golfer’s Elbow is by slowing your swing so that there will be less shock traveling up your arm when you hit the ball, adding an elbow brace like the Bauerfeind Sports Elbow Support to keep your muscles protected from strain while playing, and strengthening the muscles in your forearms with the following exercises:
Tennis Ball Squeeze
Tennis in golf? It’s not as odd as it seems! Squeezing a tennis ball is an easy yet effective way to strengthen your forearm muscles and reduce your chances of elbow injury.
Step 1: Hold a tennis ball in one hand.
Step 2: Slowly squeeze the ball as hard as you can. Hold for 3-5 seconds.
Step 3: Slowly relax the squeeze.
Step 4: Repeat 10-15 times
Step 5: Switch hands and repeat
Another great exercise to get your elbow golf-ready is wrist curls and reverse wrist curls with a lightweight dumbbell. These will help build the muscles between the wrist and the elbow to help prevent Golfer’s Elbow.
Step 1: Holding the dumbbell, lower the weight to the end of your fingers.
Step 2: Curl the weight back into your palm.
Step 3: Curl your wrist up to lift the weight 1-2 inches higher.
Step 4: Repeat 10 times.
Step 5: Switch arms and repeat.
Reverse Wrist Curls
Step 1: Holding the dumbbell, place your hands in front of you, palm side down.
Step 2: Using your wrist, life the weight up and down. Hold the arm that you are using above your elbow with your other hand to focus the motion to your forearm.
Step 3: Repeat 10 times.
Step 4: Switch arms and repeat.
Best Braces for Golfer’s Elbow
To keep golfers in the game longer, adding an elbow brace to your golf bag will help ensure endurance, playing pain-free, quick recovery from current aches, and confident performance all season long.
For overall elbow pain, golfers can find relief from Golfer’s Elbow with the Bauerfeind Sports Elbow Support. Providing enhanced performance, improved circulation, stimulating regeneration of damaged muscles, and reducing current and future injuries, the Sports Elbow Support will allow players to step confidently on the green every time.
For targeted relief, the Bauerfeind Sports Elbow Strap provides targeted compression during sporting activities to counteract the overloading forces associated with golf and prevents long-term injuries like golfer’s elbow. Featuring the Boa Closure System, golfers can adjust the pressure of the strap with the turnable dial to achieve the perfect amount of comfort and relief on the forearm. Anatomically-shaped with breathable material, the Sports Elbow Strap will reduce swelling and guide movements for total confidence with each swing.