Aug 31

Improve Your Golf Game With Physiotherapy

With the warm weather around the corner, I promise it is around the corner, many people are itchy to get their golf clubs out.

Common injuries that affect golfers are back problems, neck problems, knee problems, rotator cuff tendonitis, golfers’ elbow, tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis.

Let me explain four reasons these problems occur.

1. Golf involves a lot of rotation. Many of the joints in our body do not respond to the torsion through them and react with pain or injury.

2. Not all but many golfers are in the age category where arthritis starts to occur. This makes that joints vulnerable to inflammation and injury but does not mean that they have to stay painful or that you have to stop golfing.

3. The other factor as we age is that our muscles become less elastic. As a result, they can be more prone to tearing.

4. Gripping of the golf club.

Therefore, the two most important things about golfing include warming up the muscles and stretching the muscles before we start golfing. It is best to do the light warm up before you start stretching to make your muscles more pliable.
Warm muscles are more pliable and therefore are more elastic and less likely to tear. Stretching before golf should involve all of the major muscle groups. I will give you a few ideas of things you can do to stretch/warm up before golf.

What to do to stretch/warm up before golf:

1. Squat up and down 30 times to warm up the muscles of the legs.

2. Do large and small arm circles (30 of each) to warm up the arms.

3. Hold your golf club behind your upper back horizontally and twist back and forth in each direction 30 times.golf.122033

4. Hold your arm out straight to the front with elbow out straight and palm up. Then take your other hand and bend your fingers down towards the ground. Hold 15-30 seconds and repeat 2 times on each side.

5. Then hold your arm out straight with elbow out straight and palm to the ground. Then take your other hand and bend your fingers down to the ground. Hold 15-30 seconds and repeat 2 times on each side.

6. Stretch your head to your shoulder and hold 15-30 seconds on each side.

7. Bend forward and touch your toes and then extend your back backwards as far as is comfortable and repeat 10 times in each direction.

8. March on the spot for 30 seconds.

9. Take some practice swings.

In conclusion….

Golf is a wonderful way to stay in shape. Walking opposed to taking a cart will help to keep golfpicture.122656your muscles warm and pliable between strokes. To find out stretches that are more specific to you and the way that your body restricts your golf game, see your physiotherapist. Your physiotherapist can also teach you how to strengthen areas that you are having difficulty with. Improving your flexibility and strength will improve your golf game and prevent injury!

– Jennifer Smith, PT

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