Day after day, Golfers are cutting their golf game short or quit play all together due to chronic pain or injuries. The most common injury to occur is lower back pain. Lower back pain not only affects golfers, but as much as 80% of the general population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Three common causes of this kind of pain include: posture, lack of flexibility, and restricted motion in the involved joints and /muscles. So here are some tips to help you stay at the top of your game.
- Get regular Chiropractic check-ups: A recent study done involving golfers who were under routine Chiropractic care stated they experienced not only a decrease in their overall pain levels after playing, but also an improvement in their game (longer driving distance, and more consistency in attempted shots).
- Strengthen your core: It is not uncommon for people to be weak or have muscle imbalances in this area. Be sure to include exercises that target all of the abdominal, low back, and gluteus muscles.
- Warm-up: The golf swing is a very explosive movement that can put extra stress on joints and muscles if they are not ready for action. Do some dynamic stretching and take some easy swings to help loosen up before you practice or play.
- Stretch after playing: Having enough muscle flexibility and joint mobility to execute the golf swing properly is essential. Just 5-10 minutes of static stretching after playing and every day can make a world of difference.
Thes suggestions are simple, but very effective when the objective is to strengthen the midsection as well as prevent lower back injuries. Stay consistent, listen to your body, and expect a strong healthy core to develop that will help you on the golf course!
Best in Health,
Joey Lowery, DC, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT