I’m sure that you are familiar with the saying, “It’s all in the swing.”
Your golf game may depend on it. So, how is your back affecting your golf game? Maybe, the more appropriate question is “How is golf affecting your back?”
The modern swing is one of the most unnatural positions for the body to be in. To swing correctly, you have to separate your hips and shoulders during the backswing. At the end of the swing, you are in a position of lumbar hyperextension. By contracting your abdominal muscles during the follow-up phase and rotating your trunk with feet planted in one place, the intervertebral disc is highly stressed.
Back injuries are common in golfers because of the increased pressure in the spine. The pressure is enough to cause serious injury especially in older adults since spinal mobility becomes an issue with age. A common golf injury is low back pain that comes on suddenly or pain that creeps up over time and can last 2-4 weeks.
Muscle tears are common with younger golfers. Treatment for this type of sports injury is rest and relaxation, core muscle strengthening sessions, and correcting the incorrect movement pattern that caused the injury to begin with.
Sports Health explains that lower back pain is very prevalent in golf even though the sport looks to be non-strenuous. The 26 million golfers can account for how grueling the game can be. To avoid low back pain and injury we put together a few pointers:
- Make sure your club fits your body.
- Try to play regularly to prevent the “de-conditioning” of your muscles. On the other hand, avoid sprees of 5x a week as well.
- Push the golf cart. Don’t pull it.
- Use a long putter during a round. This will decrease stress on the spine.
- Use a dual backpack strap golf bag for carrying.
- Lose any excess weight to help prevent injury.See Dr. Kaurich at South Bend Chiropractic and Wellness to ensure you’re using proper body mechanics to prevent back injuries from golf and everyday activities. Chiropractic care can keep your spine properly aligned to reduce your risk of herniated discs and pain from osteoarthritis.