More golf anyone? You bet! Golfers have the reputation of being overly enthusiastic–elevating the chance to play before everything else. But golf can come to an abrupt halt because of injury. Even though golf is seen as a low risk sport, about 3 out of 10 suffer from an overuse injury at some point.
Unfortunately for some golfers, along with golf’s popularity comes the certainty of more injuries. Many golfers are locked up with muscle imbalances, weaknesses, mobility limitations and swing with compensations.
These golfers are “writing checks they cannot cash.” Eventually there will be consequences because these issues, when left alone, typically get worse and result in injuries that might interrupt the whole season. Low back pain is a very common injury. Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries are not far behind.
To see if you have any risk ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have pain with golf?
- Do I have tightness or movement limitations?
- Is one side weaker or less flexible?
- Am I prone to injuries or have a previous injury?
- Do I have trouble getting in positions in my swing?
- Am I not improving despite playing and practicing a lot?
- Do I play golf as my only form of exercise?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have an injury risk.
Is there a way to prevent injuries? There is not a fail-safe way, but “movement screening” by a trained professional can be a great first step. Identifying body movement issues then allows us to make corrections, thereby improving movement to decrease dysfunction, nagging tightness and prevent pain.
First of all, if you have low back pain or any other pain from golf you should see a TPI medical professional. Deal with the pain in order to build a foundation for your swing.
If you don’t have any pain, then examine your injury risk and work on minimizing it with a TPI fitness professional who has been trained in movement screening. Working to decrease your risk of injury, improve your golf game, and improve your movements will allow you to build strength and power.
Make an appointment to get screened then work on injury preventive fitness to insure many years of pain-free golf.
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