Summer is approaching and the golf season is already underway! Unfortunately, too often players have thrown out their clubs due to their persistent pain. Back and wrist pain are among some of the most common complaints from avid golfers. Rotational forces, impact stress, overuse, inadequate warm-up, bad posture and inflexibility all increase musculoskeletal injury in golfers of all ages and abilities. Twin Cities Pain Clinic offers their top tips to prevent pain on the golf course.
Make Sure Your Clubs Fit Your Body: Improperly fitted clubs can cause a multitude of problems with your swing… and your back! It’s a total myth that the height of a person is the only factor that determines the length of each club for an individual; and the idea that men’s clubs should be longer than women’s clubs. Club length is not gender driven! An individual’s physiology determines club length, not manufacturing. Get fitted for clubs to ensure that they are the correct model for your body type.
Warm Up Properly: Warming up before the game is one of the simplest and most important ways to reduce the chance of injury. Start by stretching the low back by bringing alternate legs into the chest. Warm up the spine with a few twists. Take a club and rest it behind your neck, along the shoulders. Grab each end of the club and twist the torso, as you would while swinging. Be sure to engage the core. Hold the top of the stretch for a few seconds before turning toward the other side. Don’t forget to stretch your hamstrings and wrists. It is also a good idea to take a few practice swings, focusing on proper alignment.
Take a Few Lessons: Taking a few lessons will not only improve your game, but also reduce the risk of injury! Golfing with proper form reduces the toll the game takes on your muscles and ligaments. Since you cannot watch your swing it is a good idea to learn from someone who can, someone with expertise to offer modifications and help you learn what form works best for your body, so you have the ability to self-correct later on.
See a Specialist for Persistent Pain: If you’re feeling pain or dealing with a nagging injury, see a specialist. Getting proper treatment early in the injury helps it fully heal. Seeking attention early also means injuries will respond to more gentle treatments. Scheduling with a pain expert from Twin Cities Pain Clinic will help you get back on the golf course or driving range sooner!