Bowling Risks / Injuries

Almost everyone has gone bowling at least once in their lifetime, and many people have made bowling their sport of choice.  With all sports there is a risk for injury.  During bowling, there is an overuse of one side of the body, especially one arm.  With this overuse and strain comes a variety of injury.

If you are looking to decrease the amount of injuries that may occur visit a chiropractor.  Not only can chiropractic care help you if you have had an injury they can also help prevent injury from occurring.  Below is a list of common bowling injuries.  If you have had any of these injuries consult a chiropractor today.

Common Bowling Injuries

  • Bowler’s tendinitis.  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 arm.  If you are experiencing pain each time you throw your ball you are experiencing tendinitis.  One cause of this is that the ball does not fit the finger appropriately and you are straining while throwing the ball.
  • 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.
  • Annular ligament sprain.  One of the symptoms of this is elbow pain.  But, this pain is caused by a sprain to the ligament.  The ligament supports the outside of the elbow.
  • Tennis elbow.  This is an acute form of tendonitis where they fibers attach the 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.
  • Torn rotator cuff.   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.
  • Repetitive strain injuries.  Bowlers are making repetitive movements during their game play. This repetitive movement causes muscle strain.
  • Shoulder tendinitis.  Simply this is the inflammation of the muscles in the shoulder.  This could include your biceps or rotator cuff.
  • 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.
  • 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.
source; Anthem Chiropractic – by, Dr. Derek Day,


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