Bowling Injuries ARE Possible
Bowling injuries are not very common, but it is possible to hurt yourself while bowling. The most common types of bowling injuries are in the back, shoulders and legs. In order to avoid injuries, as with any sport, it is important to stretch before your game or match.
The body part bowlers injure most often is their backs. The twisting motion of coming forward from approaching the lane to releasing the ball can often hurt a person’s back. People who bowl fast and put a lot of power behind the ball are especially prone to get hurt this way.
Shoulder and arm injuries are caused when bowlers swing the bowling ball to roll it down the lane. This puts strain on the ligaments and tendons of the shoulder, elbow and wrist. Without proper stretching, not only is a bowler more susceptible to pull these muscles and tendons and less commonly, leg injuries.
Stretch to Get Your Bowling Game On
There are numerous ways to stretch your back. One way is for the bowler to lie on their back, with their right arm extended out to the side. The right leg is bent at the knee and pulled across the body with the left hand. This should be repeated for the other side.
While standing with feet shoulder width apart, the bowler lunges forward with the right leg, until the stretch can be felt in front of the opposite hip. They then step back into position and lunge with the opposite leg, feeling the stretch in the other hip as well.
- For the calves, putting the hands on a chair or other low surface and leaning forward into the stretch.
- Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, the bowler should bend forward pulling their head and torso as closely to their legs as they can. This stretches the back of the thighs.
- Holding on to a chair and standing on one leg, pulling the other foot back as far toward the buttocks as possible will stretch any bowler’s quadriceps nicely.
Bowlers can significantly decrease the chances of suffering injury by making sure that they stretch out before each match or game. Young and old bowlers alike should take at least 5 minutes to do this before beginning to bowl. This way, they will be able keep bowling for as long as they like injury free!