Curling is never at the top of the list when we think of sports injuries. As a non-contact, precision sport, the common conception of those who don’t curl is that all curlers do is hurl the rocks, push their brooms and then enjoy cold beverages at the Patch afterwards.
However, curling is a lot more than that. Especially at the competitive, elite levels and world class levels. Curling demands pretty much all of the following in order to be accurate and have the right touch:
- Shoulder, back, neck, hip, knee, elbow and wrist flexibility
- Stable core low back and pelvis strength
- Amazing hand/eye coordination
Therefore, keeping the above in mind, there is a risk of injury when curling and Capilano treats a number of these every winter.
Here are some common injuries:
- Low Back Strain: squatting in the hack can place pressure on your lower lumbar joints and discs.
- Outside Elbow Pain: sweeping requires a forceful and repetitive gripping of the broom handle and this can rub the outside of your elbow the wrong way leading to lateral epicondylitis
- Knee Strain: the shooting slide , while great for shot weight and precision, produces a tremendous amount of torque on the inside of your crouched knee which can strain your medial collateral ligament and irritate the underneath surface of your knee cap
- Pelvic Torsion: if your hips and or hip muscles tighten up, the muscles that connect from them and the pelvis can knot and shorten up, and can upset your pelvic and sacro-iliac alignment
Fortunately, if your back, elbow, knee or pelvis are giving you grief, and your own home exercises and anti-inflammatories are not helping enough, don’t give your pain the hammer over you. Draw on down to Capilano Rehab Centre and one of our experienced physical therapists can help you sweep away your pain.