It may surprise you to know this, but a survey of sports injuries has shown that golf is more dangerous than rugby. It’s due to the number of lower-back strains and injuries caused by bending down to swing the clubs.
Golf has an injury rate of 1.8 per 1000 people, which is higher than sports such as hockey, football and rugby. It’s interesting because many people choose golf as a sport due to the misconception that rugby is dangerous. It is one of the many reasons as to why Event Medical Cover is needed at sporting events to protect both the players and the spectators.
Among amateur golfers, injury rates are between 15.8% and 40.9%. Professional golfers’ annual injuries are between 31% and 90%. Wrist injuries are the least common at 10%, while shoulder injuries account for 4% to 19%. Elbow injuries are the second most common, ranging from 7% to 27%. The most common golf injury is to the lower back, at between 15.8% and 40.9%.
The survey conducted by Golf Support showed that an astonishing 40,000 golfers seek medical attention every year for head injuries caused by golf balls and clubs. General exercise, such as weightlifting, jogging and aerobics, is the most common cause of injuries.
Basketball injuries occurred at a rate of 3.3 per 1000 persons. Recreational sports such as golf had a rate of 1.8 per 1000 – higher than rugby, which is 1.5.
Using golf carts increase the prevalence of injuries associated with the sport. Head injuries are often severe and can sometimes be fatal.
Potential Impact on Golf
The findings have shown that sports such as golf and badminton are more dangerous than contact sports like rugby. In recent years rugby has gained popularity, and more people are taking part in the sport. More youths are getting involved and coaches are seeing more and more young people attending sessions to learn how to play the game safely and effectively.
There are many manuals on golf techniques but few on preventing injuries. With 7 in 10 amateurs and 9 out of 10 professionals seeking medical attention each year, action needs to be taken.
People should also be aware that rugby isn’t as dangerous as they believe. It’s a team sport with excellent health benefits, and the study has shown the potential for more individuals to participate in the sport in the future.