How can I prevent golfers’ elbow?
Tennis elbow is inflammation of the extensor tendons on the outside of the elbow, and golfer's elbow is inflammation of the flexor tendons on the inside of the elbow. To avoid developing golfer's elbow, make sure to warm up properly before playing golf including stretching and using lighter clubs, practice good technique, and maintain strength and flexibility in your core, shoulders, and hips.
Transcript: "Hi, that's a great question. And number one, kudos for you for wanting to play golf with your girlfriend. It's great to be outside with friends, and especially being able to exercise in the great outdoors. So first of all, to explain, tennis elbow is much more common in people. And it's on the outside of the elbow. And outside the elbow in the, what we call inflammation of the extensor tendons, the tendons that help you extend your wrist. And it doesn't have to be just in tennis players, it can be in anyone, any type of racket sport. But also people who are just outdoors in the garden and they're using shears, for example, constant squeezing. Or people that are working on a home project and using a hammer can all get tennis elbow. Golfer's elbow, on the other hand, is inflammation or overuse of the flexor tendons. There are ones that help you flex your wrist, of the inner part of the elbow, that is golfer's elbow. And no matter if you're right-handed or left-handed, it happens because of the constant follow-through of this type of motion on your swing. And so how to avoid that, well, number one, you definitely want to make sure that you're nice and stretched out prior to going on to the golf course and starting to swing. Your technique is paramount. So if you're just learning how to play golf, you want to make sure that you get some good lessons. Either from your girlfriend if your girlfriend is a good golfer and can teach you, or to invest in some good lessons because technique is everything from that perspective. And the other thing is as you're going to start to golf is make sure that your strength is good. So besides having the strength in your forearm and your shoulders, also your upper body. But also you want to make sure that you have good strength in your core because swinging a golf club is all about maintaining that strength and flexibility in your core and your hips as well. Certainly, also you can get fatigued if you're walking on the course. So you may want to start playing, for example, nine holes and therefore you don't get too tired. The other thing is once you start to warm up, you should always warm up before you play golf. And certainly, warm up with your lighter irons, like this is a sand wedge, and take those easy swings first. And don't rush to get on the golf course and start pulling out your driver and practicing or warm it up that way because that is a sure-fire way to develop tennis elbow-- excuse me, golfers elbow. All right."