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Golf season is upon us!

March 13, 2014

--Brandon Hardee, PT

This past weekend gave us all a taste of the weather that should be coming our way with Spring fast approaching. That means it’s time to hit the golf course. As we return to sport after a long layoff, it is essential that we pay close attention to proper mechanics and appropriate pre-post activity stretching in an effort to prevent injury. For golfers, that most commonly is low back pain. According to an article in a 2004 edition of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint experienced by both amateur and professional golfers.1

There are many possible causes of low back pain. According to a 2003 study, overuse accounts for over 80% of golf-related injuries.2 Other possible causes include poor swing mechanics, poor conditioning, impaired core stability/activation during swing, impaired spinal rotation, impaired posture, and impaired hip internal rotation of lead leg, just to name a few. It is important that you understand that having pain with your golf game is abnormal. No pain, no gain” is a fallacy. Whether the pain is in your mid to low back, hips, knees, wrist, or elbow you should consult a Physical Therapist or rehab professional to address those areas of pain in order to prevent chronic dysfunction and to get you back on the golf course pain free.

While it is impossible to give a general exercise routine to prevent the occurrence of low back pain, below are a few important stretching and strengthening activities that can be very beneficial in preventing the occurrence of such injury, and keeping you on the golf course. If you have previously had surgery on the hip or spine, you should consult your physician and/or rehab professional before attempting these exercises.

Home Exercise Program
Feel free to contact us at any of our clinics throughout South Carolina to find out how we can help you stay on the golf course with a stretching and stabilization program fit to your specific needs based on a thorough evaluation.

References:
1) Vad VB, Bhat AL, Basrai D, Gebeh A, Aspergren DD, Andrews JR. Low back pain in professional golfers: The role of associated hip and low back range-of-motion deficits. Am J Sports Med. 2004;32(2):494-497.
2) Gosheger G, Liem D, Ludwig K, Greshake O, Winkelmann W. Injuries and overuse syndromes in golf.Am J Sports Med. 2003;31(3):438-443.
3) Lindsay D, Horton J. Comparison of spine motion in elite golfers with and without low back pain. J Sports Sci. 2002;20(8):599-605.

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