Golf is a great sport for so many reasons! The mental challenge, time outdoors, social connection, stress reduction and physical activity all support the body and mind in so many ways.
However, given the nature of the golf swing, it can also be highly demanding on the spine and joints and trigger nasty problems in the back.
The good news is there are ways to support your body, minimize injuries and even play a better game! Consider these tips:
Be Careful When Handling Your Golf Bag. Choose a portable hand-pull cart and alternate sides when carrying your golf bag or pulling the cart. Use proper lifting techniques when moving your golf bag. Avoid twisting, and instead use strength of your legs, hips, arms, and core muscles.
Walk the Course. It’s a simple way to dramatically improve your fitness level and strengthen your bones. Walking elevates aerobic activity, increases stamina, and boosts immunity.
Warm-Up! Jolting stiff muscles into action can trigger muscle strain and spinal misalignments. Golfers who stretch and warm-up before playing typically demonstrate greater swing flexibility, muscle endurance, and report fewer aches and pains while playing.
Improve your Posture. There is good reason 70-75% of the athletes who tour with the PGA are under regular Chiropractic care to both prevent injuries and optimize their performance. Healthy posture and spinal movement benefits your entire body, but it can particularly offer tremendous advantages when playing golf. A healthy spine moves properly, which minimizes tissue damage, degeneration, and muscle imbalances that can lead to injury. The neurological benefits of spinal adjustments have also be shown to enhance mental clarity, induce a more relaxed state, and quicken reaction time and agility – these are game changers! Consider working with your Chiropractor to develop better spinal movement patterns and support neurological function and you will be surprised at how much more you enjoy the game and what the scorecard shows at the end.