Decrease Your Risk of Injury and Improve Your Golf Game this Summer
During an average 18-hole round, most recreational golfers take more than 100 swings (including practice swings), walk six to eight kilometres and bend more than 30 to 40 times. You don’t have to be a health specialist to see the demands a leisurely round of golf has on the body, especially the low back.
Most golfers are more motivated to improve their games than to prevent injuries. Serious golfers work hard at improving their game: expensive equipment, professional lessons, and hours of reading and practice. Yet many golfers bypass an important part of playing well — exercise.
- Flexibility improves joint range of motion and helps avoid muscle strain or soreness. To execute an optimal golf swing, a full range of motion is essential.
- Strength adds power to a swing and prepares the body for repetitive stresses from the sport. A strong muscular system translates into long-term injury prevention.
- Posture is important, especially at the top and finish of the swing. Good posture allows for efficient movement, less chance of injury, better recruitment of muscles, increased swing consistency and a positive mental outlook.
- Stability in the shoulder girdle will affect proper grip and arm position, while stability in the lower spine will affect hip rotation. Failure to stabilize in these areas can create inconsistencies in your swing.
- Balance contributes to and is a very important component of an effective golf swing.
- Endurance in the cardiovascular system enhances your performance, helps delay fatigue and allows for better mental focus.
- Remember to warm up and stretch before and after your play — your body will thank you for it.