Playing Golf and Knee Pain


Golf is one of the most popular sport. However, playing golf puts you at risk for back, shoulder, wrist, and knee pain; no matter you are old or young, professional or amateur. This article will focus on the relationship between golf and knee pain. Let’s see how it affects your knee and what can you do to prevent the impacts.

Golf and knee pain

Golf involves several actions, positions. Injuries while playing golf can lead to knee pain.

Traumatic injuries

When you play golf, knee pain may appear. Accidents or injuries may be associated with the quick rotation when you swing. This can increase the pressure on the ligaments. Ligaments in your knee are used to keep the knee stable. For example, an anterior cruciate ligament runs in the middle of the knee, can tear with the damage in the knee when you change the direction rapidly.

A meniscus tear can also occur when you twist or turn your knee quickly. In mild or moderate cases, you may feel pain and stiffness in the knee. It can be hard to bend your knee. Swelling may appear around the knee. In more severe cases, torn meniscus can move to the joint. This can cause popping sound when you move, and you may not be able to straighten it.


When you have torn meniscus, you are more likely to have osteoarthritis in the knee. Repetitive activity when you play golf also contributes to this disease. When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee wears away, provides less cushion to the bones. The bones in the knee can rub together, causing pain, stiffness, swelling. Sometimes, you may not move normally.

Patellar tendinitis

In your knee, there is a tendon that is used to connect the kneecap and the shinbone. This tendon (patellar tendon) helps you kick, run. Patellar tendinitis occurs when you overuse your knee in golf, repeated stress is put in your tendon, your patellar tendon can wear and tear.

If the tears are tiny, your tendon may try to fix them itself. However, if there are several tears, inflammation and weakness may happen to your knee.

How to prevent knee pain while playing golf?

Although playing golf can lead to some knee problems, you do not have to stop playing it. Just some small tips are applied and you can enjoy the sport without getting injuries.

  • If you have mild pain in the knee but you can still play golf, you can start with short shots, and build up until you feel comfortable. Remember to ask your body and estimate how you are feeling. Do not try not ignore discomforts.
  • If you feel uncomfortable when you play golf, limit your amount of golf you play. Do not push your body too hard.
  • Always start playing golf gently because your body needs time to get used. Stop before you feel pain and discomfort in your knee.
  • Use golf shoes when you play golf. This type of shoe can help reduce the twisting force when you swing.
  • Warm-up by stretching and strengthening exercises before and after you play golf. This can help change your active mode.
  • If you think you have knee injuries, do not try to play. Playing golf while having injuries makes the knee get worse.
  • When you are older, you should consider decreasing the amount of golf you play. Age is a risk factor for knee pain.

Many people like playing golf. However, not all of them know that playing golf can lead to knee pain. But knee pain from golf can be prevented by using proper gears and applying proper techniques.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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