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      Can playing golf lead to injuries?

      Two years ago, Neil Jandron made a swing that he will never forget. It was so hard, he pulled a tendon.

      "It was one of the worst pains I've ever had in my life. It felt like a knife was going through my arm at the time," said Neil Jandron.

      Jandron didn't let it stop him that day, but a year later he suffered another injury in the same arm, resulting in a partial tear of a tendon.

      And he's not the only one suffering from golf injuries.

      Aaron Lautenschlager, a certified Hand Therapist for Marquette General Therapies, says 65 percent of golf injuries affect the upper extremities like your shoulder, arm, elbow and wrist. However, you can also hurt your back.

      "Most of the injuries are inflammatory in response to the strain you put on it for the day-to-day use. However, you can have some trauma, including fractures, if the club hits a root or hard structure as you are making contact with the ball," said Lautenschlager.

      He says people get an injury from poor swing mechanics and repetition. Lautenschlager says with constant therapy, those injuries will get better over time.

      Jandron says it took him two months to start seeing improvements.

      "I had heat therapy, I got massage therapy, and I got electric stimulation. That's where they actually put electricity into your muscles and nerves," Jandron said.

      You can help lower your risk of getting an injury by warming up properly. Before teeing off, the key is stretching and that means stretching your arm, your elbow, and wrist. You can also modify the number of swings you make per round.

      As for Jandron, he is back on the course with an arm band to help.