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Golf injuries often develop due to poor technique, decreased flexibility, and deficient strength of an individual golfer.

The most common injuries for golfers happen at the elbows, knees, wrists, and lumbar spine. One example of a typical problem area is a flexible young golfer with poor pelvic control, weak core, and hyperextending knees. This can cause low back pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain.

There are other typical problem areas, which correspond to certain strengths and deficiencies. Proper analysis and testing can reveal which muscles need to be strengthened and/or which joints or muscles need to be stretched for more flexibility.

Rehabilitation either prior to injury based on discovered deficiencies or post-injury should be individualized after formal and proper analysis. This will help to alleviate symptoms and prevent future recurrence of injury.

See the attached article for more details about several different golfer problem areas. Golf Injuries

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Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury of the extensor tendons in the forearm. This most notoriously occurs in tennis players, but can also happen to employees on the job or after performing certain repetitive household chores.

Lateral epicondylitis is inflammation and pain from microtears in extensor tendons that attach to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. This happens with overuse when playing tennis, painting, plumbing, and performing carpentry. Auto workers, cooks, and butchers are common professions that suffer from tennis elbow. Repetition combined with weight lifting are thought to be the cause of injury.

Symptoms include pain or burning on the outside of the elbow and a weak grip strength. The symptoms are generally worse during activity. The level of intensity and duration of symptoms are a good indicator on the severity of the tendonitis.

Treatment includes rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, ergonomic assessment, strengthening exercises, bracing, steroid injections, and eventually surgery if conservative treatments fail.

See the attached article for more detail regarding lateral epicondylitis. Tennis Elbow

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Back belts are typically worn by individuals performing some form of manual handling. They are placed along the low back area and cinched tight during manual handling tasks.

People often wear back belts because they feel it gives them more support. However, research suggests that back belts provide minimal reduction in compressive force and do not reduce the risk of injury. Some research has even found that the highest compressive and shearing forces in the spine occur when wearing a back belt. There is also evidence that back belts do not reduce strain on muscles, tendons, or ligaments. They do not reduce fatigue or increase the ability to lift a certain weight.

The concern is that wearing a back belt can provide a false sense of security, protection, and increased lifting ability. Back braces are effective in restricting movement during surgery recovery, but there is little scientific evidence to support that wearing a back belt can reduce rates of injury in workers.

See the attached article for more information about back belts. Back Belts

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Continue to follow us through the How-To Series as we discuss proper lifting technique.

Proper lifting techniques are important and effective in preventing back pain and injury. Follow these guidelines in order to utilize ergonomic advantages during lifting activities. How-To: Execute Proper Lifting Techniques

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Stress is the body’s response to protect itself from a threat or a challenge. Hormones flood the body, which elevate heart rate, increase blood pressure, and boost energy. Without breaks between stressors, the body is stuck in “fight or flight” which can cause serious health consequences.

Studies have shown that sudden emotional stresses, like anger, can trigger heart attacks, heart arrhythmias, and even death. This happens mostly with people who already have heart disease, but many people don’t know they have a problem until acute stress causes a heart attack. The longer the stress lasts the worse the effects are upon the mind and body. Fatigue, inability to concentrate, or irritability are some symptoms of chronic stress.

In order to reduce stress, identify the cause and minimize the effects, build strong and positive relationships, walk away when angry, rest your mind, and get help. Stress is controllable with the right attitude and support system.

See the attached article for more details about stress and how to manage it. Stress

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