Golfing is one of America’s all-time favorite sports/hobby, and it is becoming more popular every day. Perhaps it is due to the demographics of our generation, or the advances in technology that makes the game easier for its players. Whatever it is, golf is enjoyed by many, and is here to stay.
However, like many other sports, golf can produce lower back pain and other related injuries to the spine. This hinders the players and can frustrate them greatly due to it. But, as with so many different types of health concerns, efforts to prevent the pain can go a very long way. Below, we explore a couple ways to prevent lower back pain from golfing, which includes the importance warming up, and how to swing properly.
Immediately swinging golf balls at 100 percent when you first approach the tee is almost a surefire way to sprain your back. A nice and thorough warm up is critical for the muscles to get ready for the game. Warm ups and stretching should emphasize the shoulder, torso, hip, and hamstring regions.
Next, gently and smoothly swinging a golf club will help the muscle groups get warmed up. Start with the smaller irons and progress up to the larger woods to allow your muscles to incrementally warm up.
Overall, muscles that have been warming up are less prone to injuries, and can take much more stress before being sprained or strained.
The goal of the golf swing is to apply as much club-head speed as you can to the golf balls, and for that to happen, you need significant torque (force) and torsion (twisting). Golfers should be emphasizing a smooth and rhythmic swing that produces less stress and strain to their shoulders, back, and hips.
A proper golf swing will rotate the body to share the load of the swing. The spine should be straight, and the golfer should bend slightly forward from the hips to avoid rigidity. To further avoid any form of lower back injury, working with a golfing pro when starting or getting back into it is highly advised.
If you are experiencing any sort of pain from golfing, or other related sports, come into our clinic today where we can help you! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben Evans and you will never have to worry about your pain again.