Injury Prevention whilst on the Golf Course
The weather is getting warmer, the days are longer and I don’t know about you but the sun shining gets me in the mood for a game of golf!
Being based here in the New Forest we are lucky to have many a course on our door step!
You may not realise but golf is one of the best ways to exercise! Think of all the walking between tees! And the fresh air you are taking in whilst you are at it.
What you need to bear in mind though, whilst out on the course, is that golf can lead to injuries.
Make sure you take some time to warm up. Do some gentle stretches to warm up your muscles ready for action! If you invest time in doing some stretches it will increase your range of motion and power and should contribute in reducing your handicap! Warming up should decrease your chance of suffering with a strain or sprain.
Have a read of the attached article which brilliantly demonstrates some exercises to do pre game - http://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/golf-stretching-exercises.html
Also, make sure, if you are carrying your golf bag on your shoulders, that it weighs no more than 10% of your body weight. Invest in a golf bag with wheels or a golf bag trolley to take the strain off of your spine. When lifting, ensure that you bend your knees.
Make sure you stay hydrated whilst out on the course – especially on warmer days. Drinking plenty of fluids prevents muscle cramps and spasms.
If you are finding that injury is stopping you from playing golf, come in and see one of our experienced therapists who can assist you with your ailment. It may be that you suffer with Golfers Elbow – this is a common problem which is felt on the outside of the elbow. The muscle fibres are inflamed from overuse from repeated gripping motion – also known as Tennis Elbow. Symptoms include pain, tenderness or a burning sensation on the outside of the elbow, pain extending down the forearm and weak grip strength.
If you are suffering, we have a video on our Facebook page which should help ease the pain – or pop into the clinic and see one of our experienced therapists who can strap up your forearm with some Kinesiotape to relieve the symptoms.
Remember, a strong swing starts with a strong back! So don’t delay, make the most of the glorious weather this summer and get out on the golf course! Come in and see one of our spinal specialists who can ensure your posture is in line and you are ready to hit the course!