5 Tips to Protect Your Joints and Help Your Golf Game

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Let's say you are enjoying a nice game of golf with your boss or you have a friendly wager going with a good friend and it’s your turn to knock one out of the park. You approach the ball and take your best swing, then all of a sudden, your ball goes left, your back goes right, your shoulders go up and your knees hit the ground. What are you going to do now?

Sometimes, you can treat the pain and discomfort of sports injuries home. But if you need to see a specialist, rest assured that some of the best orthopedic care in the country is right here in Central Florida. That’s because we’ve joined forces with Rothman Orthopaedics, a national leader in orthopedic care, to advance research, clinical trials and innovative treatments in our community.  

We’re here for you with world-class care — and to empower you with the information you need to strengthen your joints and protect your body for years to come. 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:

  1.  Consider your joint motions at the hip, knee and elbow
  2.  Maximize the energy transfer in your swing
  3. Achieve the proper pattern of mobility and stability sequencing throughout the swing
  4. Control the balance and weight shift through your swing
  5. Focus on stability and positioning at finish

If you visit with our experts at AdventHealth Sports Med and Rehab, they can help assess every phase of your swing, from start to finish, 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.

The quick, twisting motion of your spine, hips and knee can be harmful. Be sure to get those joints ready prior to heading out to the course. Core strengthening and a good warm up routine will go a long way 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 is causing you pain and inconvenient injuries, you can learn what you can do to prevent them. These preventive measures and exercise can help you avoid common injuries and, in turn, will land you that amazing win on the course, minus the injuries.

Transforming Orthopedic Care for the Athlete in You

You deserve the best care, whatever your sport, and we’re your partner on your journey to whole-person health. That’s why we’ve joined forces with Rothman Orthopaedics, one of the nation’s top orthopedic programs, to bring you comprehensive specialty care.

From helping heal sports injuries to research-backed care for joint replacement, fractures, osteoporosis and more, we’re transforming the field of orthopedics, together. Learn more about this powerful partnership. 

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