5 Injury Prevention Tips for Golfers

BTY PT Health Tip Of The Day

Seasonal golfers beware. The New England weather may be cooperating, but your body may not be. Before hitting the links, try these 5 simple tips.

  1. Take some time to get back into shape. Think you can start off where you stopped last summer? Instead, pace yourself by playing shorter rounds while gradually building your endurance back up.
  2. Warm up. Stretching should not be restricted to the shoulders and elbows.  Stretch your hands, wrists, forearms, shoulders, spine and hips. A brisk walk or light jog can also warm up those muscles.
  3. Remember when your mother told you to stand up straight? Use proper posture. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and distribute your weight equally on both feet. Avoid hunching over the ball, which can cause neck and back strain.
  4. Flexibility is key

Looking for that hole in one? Increasing hip/trunk rotation during the backswing allows you to store more energy and generate more club head speed.

Tight hamstrings have a negative effect on posture and increase pressure on the low back. Low back pain is the most common injury for recreational golfers.

Yoga is great way to relieve low back pain, improving your game.

  1. Be Stronger

Inactive people have a weak core. This can lead to poor posture and increased wear and tear on the body. The core is where the body’s center of gravity is located and where movement begins. Pilates is a great way to strengthen your core.

It’s all in the hips! The power of the golf swing begins at the hips. Strong, stable hips and thighs help to maintain posture throughout your swing and allow the swing to be more explosive.

Get a little guidance: Physical Therapy is a great way to address your unique physiology. If you have injuries, physical therapy training can get you safely back in the game. Adding Pilates classes can also help. If you have any questions please email Carol Pietromonaco Murfin at Back to You Physical Therapy at info@backtoyoupt.com or contact us on our website at http://www.backtoyoupt.com

About the Author: Carol Pietromonaco Murfin PT, MBA: With over 20 years of experience in Physical Therapy, Carol Pietromonaco Murfin opened Back to You Physical Therapy in 2011. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1996. She received her Masters in Business Administration, from Babson College, in 2005. In addition to Carol’s expertise in general orthopedics and sports injuries, she is a back care spinal specialist. Various studies have proven Yoga and Pilates to be highly effective in the treatment of low back pain. Carol incorporates Yoga and Pilates’ core strengthening exercise principals with Physical Therapy’s manual techniques and deep tissue massage to effectively treat your spine. She analyses your functional movement to determine the source of your orthopedic pain. For more information about Carol and her practice please visit http://www.backtoyoupt.com

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