It’s a beautiful, breezy day. You’ve gathered your golf buddies for a great day on the greens.
You’re on the 7th hole when suddenly your back gives out mid-swing.
Sustaining a golf related injury is usually the furthest thing from everyone’s mind when they cheerfully arrive at the course or the driving range.
Unfortunately, golfing injuries are all too common – especially in golfers who play for leisure.
Our sports physical therapists in Fort Myers and sports injury specialists know that golf injuries are frustrating – but they are also very easy to prevent!
No one wants to get carted away to the doctor’s mid-game. That’s why our team shares these quick and easy ways to prevent golfing injuries:
#1: Warm Up
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Just like any other sport, golfer’s need to warm up before practice, playing for leisure, or playing competitively in order to avoid injury.
Plus, you will always perform better when you take a few minutes to warm up your body.
A warmup will immediately decrease stiffness and loosen your muscles so that you can have a full range of motion while swinging.
Once you finish your warmup, do not stand around for more than a couple of minutes (which will undo the warmup!). Keep stretching until it is your turn to play.
Try this quick warmup before your next golf outing:
The Brief Power Walk
Walk briskly for 3-5 minutes. This improves your circulation and acts as a wake-up call for your muscles and mind to prepare them for a great performance.
Dynamic stretching is a proven method of easing stiffness for golf and any other sport. Unlike static stretching, where you hold a stretch for more than 30 seconds, dynamic stretching includes short and repetitive stretches that you only hold for about five seconds.
Try a few of these pre-golf dynamic stretches to alleviate lingering stiffness:
Hold on to a tall, sturdy object (such as your golf cart or a tree) for support. Stand tall and swing your right leg side-to-side about five times. Repeat on the left leg.
Then, stand tall and swing your right leg front-to-back five times. Repeat of the left leg.
Leg swings stretch the hip flexor and glutes, which play a huge role in a golf swing.