In my opinion, the shoulder joint is the most active joint in the golf swing. To get to the top of the backswing, your shoulder is externally rotated almost to its limit. And in the follow through the opposite shoulders is externally rotated.
If you have a physical restriction in your shoulders you are very susceptible to a rotator cuff golf injury. No doubt! If you swing beyone your physical capablility, you will tear your rotator cuff, and not play for several months.
What I see a lot is a golfer trying to make a full backswing, and because of this shoulder restriction, cannot get there, and will over-extend his/her shoulder joint creating compensations in the swing later on. This will also result in an overuse golf injury.
The treatment of any injury is basically the same. REST. If you continue to hit balls and play, you will be heading to a long-term injury, that may never heal. If it is recent, icing for 48 hours will reduce the inflammation. Also, do not lift your shoulder at all for the next few days. Keep at at your side at all times.
Here's where my preaching comes in. The ONLY way to prevent any injury is to strength and stretch your body specific to the golf swing. That way, your body can withstand the stress the golf swing puts on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Without further ado, I've put together a video below showing you a simple exercise you can do to not only strengthen your rotator cuff muscles, but help you get to the top of your golf backswing in a perfect position.
I hope you now realize the importance of strengthening your golf muscles specific to golfers elbow to prevent this golf injury from happening. There are specific golf exercises, programs, tips in our best-selling golf strength training system.
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Mike Pedersen is the creator of the "Power Golf Training Online Membership - What Every Golfer Should Know About How To Hit Longer Drives And Play Pain-Free Golf", and has taught thousands of golfers how to add up to 40 yards to their drives.