Golf Injuries of the Lower Body
Most injuries of the lower body can be prevented by improving torso
flexibility. You can spend thousands of dollars on golf lessons
to overcome your bodies lack of ability to move in the right way.
The main golf related injuries to the lower body are:
Back pain in golfers may be from a medical condition such as herniated
disc, arthritis or stress fracture. In many cases though, it is
the result of poor posture and muscle co-ordination during the golf
Treatments: rest, medication, therapy, bracing,
Fitness Prevention: Poor flexibility and muscle
strength can cause minor strains in the back that can easily escalate
to severe injuries.
Simple exercises to help strengthen lower back muscles and prevent
Tie the ends of rubber tubing around an object that is shoulder
- Rowing - Standing with your arms straight out in front, grasp
the tubing and slowly pull it toward your chest. Release slowly.
Perform three sets of 10 reps, at least 3 times a week.
- Pull-downs - kneel and hold the tubing over your head. Pull
down slowly toward your chest, bending your elbows as you lower
your arms. Raise the tubing slowly over your head. Perform 3 sets
of 10 reps, at least 3 times a week.
ALWAYS stretch muscles before your round of golf. Then hit a few
golf balls on the driving range to warm up your swing action. Avoid
hitting the deck!! That jarring is a killer on the elbows.
Knee pain may be from underlying conditions such as torn meniscus;
arthritis in the knee, or kneecap pain (chondromalacia). It may
also occur from the strain placed on a week knee to stabilise the
rotation of the hip axis at the beginning of the swing.
Symptoms: Pain, clicking, swelling of the knee
aggravated by twisting, squatting, and walking.
Treatments: Among the possible treatments are:
Rest, medication, arthroscopic surgery (meniscus tear), total joint
replacement surgery (severe arthritis), injection treatments, bracing,
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