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Golfing can be relaxing and therapeutic: the swing and follow-through, the quiet concentration, the satisfying whack as the club connects with the ball. But what happens when your back stiffness halts your swing midway? What do you do when joint pain starts affecting your golf game?
Fortunately, there are a few ways for you to protect your joints and help your golf game all at the same time. Here are a few tips to help your golf game:
- Joint motions at the hip, knee and elbow
- Maximizing the energy transfer in your swing
- Achieving the proper pattern of mobility and stability sequencing throughout the swing
- Controlling balance and weight shift through your swing
- Stability and positioning at finish
AdventHealth is committed to helping bodies perform their best with our Sports Med & Rehab care teams. In some locations, we even have awesome programs like Golf Fore Life designed specifically for golfers. Our certified experts will assess every phase of your swing, from address to finish with our golf swing analysis and functional movement screen. This is a really easy and cool way to find out whether or not your swing is hindering your golf game or causing injuries.
Key Factors for Injuries
Many people injure themselves simply because they do not stretch. A survey showed that more than half of the golfers who warmed up for 10 minutes or more before golfing had fewer than half the injuries than those who did not warm up. Another cause of injuries is the fact that golf is a repetitive sport. For this reason alone, many strains occur with the shoulder, neck, back, ankle and other areas of the body.
Because of the movement involved in a quick swing, the twisting motion of your spine, hips and knee, it's very necessary to warm up those joints. Be sure to incorporate core strengthening and a good warm up routine to avoid injury.
For many people golf is a relaxing hobby -- something they can do to release stress. We all need that. However, when the very hobby that you engage in for relaxation is causing you pain and inconvenient injuries, you can learn what you can do to prevent them. These preventative measures and exercise can help you avoid common injuries, and in turn, will land you that amazing win with your buddies, minus the injuries of course.
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