Muscle Injury Symptoms

By S.F. Heron

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You've got your shoes on and golf cart lined up. Lifting your clubs into the cart generates a feeling of discomfort that you disregard in your hurry to the first hole. You didn't warm up before the first hole, nor did you stretch your unused muscles for a 7 a.m. tee time. Golfers often experience muscle injury due to the repetitive motion of the sport. Failure to warm up can result in a host of symptoms that can cause pain and keep you from playing the sport you love.

Limited Range of Motion

We often notice an injury with stiffness somewhere in the body. Our natural response to pain causes us to favor a sore back, shoulder, leg or arm. Whenever you experience limited range of motion, listen to your body. Rarely will a golfer lose range of motion without some kind of pain. You might feel a pulling sensation in your back when trying to complete a swing or a twinge in your shoulders when putting. Range of motion muscle injury symptoms usually pair up with joint or muscle swelling and tenderness.


Swelling involves inflammation of the tendons, ligaments and muscle. This response to an injury often includes excessive pain that will prevent you from performing in your sport. Swelling might be visible and almost always causes localized stiffness in the area. Pain, heat or redness are common. Read the signs and discontinue your activity if you experience any swelling while golfing. Containing your round will only aggravate your injured muscles. A common sports injury involves the slight (or major) tearing of muscle tissues. These muscle strains will usually cause immediate pain as well as swelling.


Simply touching a muscle injury can cause acute pain. Whenever an injury reaches this point, cease your activity immediately and apply ice after consulting your doctor. Sensitivity to touch often occurs directly over the muscle at the exact point of injury. Muscle tenderness differs from soreness. Soreness causes an overall achy feeling, while tenderness occurs when you apply direct pressure to an injury.


When muscle injury occurs, the ligaments and tendons around the injury swell in concert with the muscle. This increased swelling can cause a tingling feeling or numbness in the limb. Don't disregard this feeling, especially if it's persistent. Numbness indicates possible increased pressure on the nerves in the area of the injury. Worst-case scenarios include actual nerve damage. You should always consult with your doctor when experiencing numbness at an injury site.


Surprisingly, tendons play a very important role with muscles and golf. Tendons connect bone and muscles and as a result, can cause or aggravate a muscle injury. Tendons comprise flexible tissue that can stretch with overuse. Golfers often experience shoulder, wrist and elbow tendonitis. This muscle-injury symptom can often be the first indication of a potential over-use injury for an incorrect swing or stance. Tendonitis features swelling, pain and tenderness when applying pressure.

About the Author

S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various sites, including Helium, eHow and Xomba. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.