Beautiful sunny day, pink Nike clubs, pink Titleist balls of course, not pink Nike pants, all ready to hit the course. Unaware of the dangers that lurk on the greens, the angry golfer who is in a hurry bullies you to hit the ball to move faster, making you miss that shot. Nerve racking for a beginner, golf is a mental game and to have this kind of pressure only adds to the possibility of having bad score.
The first time I played a round of golf I played Banff Springs, not knowing that this was a course for serious players. We booked the last tee time of the day to be courteous, but a walk on group of men followed shortly behind us. Breathing down our necks hole after hole, the round seemed to go on forever, but it was just one hole. I started commenting to my playing partners that golf is not fun and it certainly isn’t relaxing. This was all before the 4th hole.
I teed off, of course I only hit the ball about 100 yards, we drive up to the ball and I hit again, this is painful. I hit the ball again, about 200 yards along now, my only saving grace being that I hit the ball straight. Then, as I am standing to make my third shot from the pristine green, a ball whizzes by my head so close that I feel the air on my face as it flies by. The person I was golfing with goes apesh*t! It’s on, we almost have a fist fight at Banff Springs. I am thinking I should quit golf now; this golf thing is no fun. The Marshall comes, and the men are asked to go to the next hole. I am stressed out, what a great way to continue playing! Suddenly, the next best thing happens as the sky opens up and it starts to pour.
Everyone off the course…..
Over the years I have continued to play golf, with lots of stories to share for future blogs. Some of these stories are of great concern to individual golfers.
First, let’s address the injuries that people who golf have suffered:
- Head Injury
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Knee Pain
- Mental frustration
I have worked with hundreds of golfers, including Jack Nicklaus. Jack shared that back in his day they were not allowed to work out, and stretching was unheard of. The emergence of Tiger Woods changed the general fitness level of the sport, and the results of stretching and flexibility speak for themselves.
In this blog I want to talk about head injuries.
Head injuries or worse, from rolling their golf cart or being catapulted out of one is more common than you think. In the last year, I have worked with two people that were hurt in golf cart accidents. The number of people hit in the head with a golf ball, according to Golf Digest in 2010, is approximately 40,000 per year. Have people forgotten to yell “fore,” or do they run into the bushes and hope the ball doesn’t hit a person or a window? What happened to golf etiquette, or just common courtesy?
Golf injures are serious business.
All of a sudden you have grass in your mouth and realize that you are laying on the golf course. What happened? Hit in the head with a ball.
These types of injuries are serious. The force and speed of the ball can not only cause a dent in your head, but bleeding or inflammation in your brain. A head injury incurred from a rolling a cart or being hit in the head with a golf ball or golf club can be life changing, and must be promptly addressed and taken seriously. It is imperative that you always go to your doctor and report the injury. Seek out a concussion specialist. Rest and hydrate. Depending on the severity, what then to look for in a therapist? Look for a practitioner who does cranial sacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, brain exercises, or seek out a vestibular clinic. Head injuries are serious, get the treatment you need!
Next time, we will discuss back pain. Until then, remember to yell “fore” and always keep your eye on the ball.
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