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Statistics show that annually, more than 20,000 people get sent to the hospital due to bowling-related injuries. Developing a strong healthy body will improve your bowling ability, the accuracy of your bowling as well as decrease the likelihood of injuries.

Common Bowling Injuries:

  • Bowler’s Tendonitis: This tendinitis can affect several parts of the body including the elbow and wrist.  This injury is the inflammation or irritation of the tendons in the upper extremity.  If you are experiencing pain each time you throw your ball you may be experiencing tendinitis.
  • Bowler’s Thumb: This occurs when the nerves in the thumb are damaged.  Bowler’s thumb occurs when the bowler has the wrong sized ball and the thumb is not fitting correctly.  If you are experiencing numbness in your thumb while throwing you should seek attention from your bowling professional as well as a sports physical therapist.
  • Annular Ligament Sprain: One of the symptoms of this is elbow pain. But, this pain is caused by a sprain to the ligament.
  • Rotator Cuff Tear: This injury is when there is damage to the muscles or tendons that make up your rotator cuff in your shoulder.  You will feel a weakness in your shoulder and it is hard to move your arm around without causing pain.
  • Tennis Elbow: This is an acute form of tendonitis where the fibers attach to the lateral forearm muscles to the elbow.  These fibers become inflamed and cause pain.  If every time you bend your elbow it hurts you should seek attention.
  • Shoulder Tendonitis: Simply this is the inflammation of the muscles in the shoulder.  This could include your biceps or rotator cuff.
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries: Bowlers are making repetitive movements during their game play. This repetitive movement causes muscle strain.
  • Knee Injuries: As you approach the alley you throw your leg as your toss the ball.  This can cause over-stressing your knee and lead to popping the kneecap out or tearing ligaments.
    • Dislocation of the Patellar Bone
    • Torn Ligaments
  • Bowler’s Hip: This occurs when you repeatedly over extend the hip causing inflammation.
  • Sciatic Nerve Damage: Due to the outward rotation of the hips during alley approach the muscles get pulled and the nerves get pinched.



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