The injury rate is higher than sports like skiing.
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“Many golf injuries are overuse injuries, so initially it starts off as a small, nagging pain that increases over time,” says Shaylon Rettig, MD, assistant professor of sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. “Because the discomfort can often be masked with anti-inflammatories and pain medicines, people don’t always realize the severity.” And despite not being a contact sport, “a golf swing can generate significant momentum, power and force, resulting in a high-energy type injury to the shoulder, elbow, or back,” says Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, chief of women’s sports medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.