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Injuries
Golf has become a hugely popular sport attracting participants of both gender and ages. With this popularity there also has been a large increase in golfing injuries. Professional golfers have a team of coaches, physical therapists, and trainers to advise them on how to maintain their level of physical well being.

Get Fit to Golf will concentrate on the area of lower back injuries, as this is the most common area of injury and is a particularly vulnerable area in golf. Poor posture is the most significant contributor to a golfers lower back pain. A biomechanical fault affecting your spine angle will increase an already stressed spine due to the mechanics of a golf swing. In the presents of a postural fault, the repetitive action of a golf swing predisposes the golfer to muscle strains, herniated disks and facet joint injuries.

Poor posture will prevent the trunk from rotating effectively and increasing the stress on the lower back. If to compensate for poor posture a golfer develops lateral hip slide instead of rotation this will increase the shear forces on the lower spine during the swing. This will result in the "C" curve and is recognised as one of the major causes of lower back pain in golfers. It will also lead to hip, knee, and leg injuries from the unequal stresses placed on the lower extremities. The cause of this is a rotation of your pelvis causing your lower spine angle to change, forcing you to slide instead of rotating the hips. Some golfers will develop an exaggerated forward swing hip thrust to create more power to compensate for this, which creates excessive stress on the lower right side of the lumbar spine.

Some golfers combine the two high-speed rotations of the hips with an exaggerated hip slide. These will all result in spinal faults, muscle imbalance and injury. Also take note that towards the end of a round of golf, if the body is trying to compensate for faulty swing planes, eventually it has to be stretched past its elastic limit. The resulting fatigue on the muscles will have to create a fault in the golfers swing contributing to a poor shot.

Poor posture will also contribute to many major injuries. During a period of rest, you may adequately function with a poor centre of gravity and balance. However, injuries will occur when you are put under extreme stress caused by the segmental rotation of the trunk at high velocity, if you have a spinal fault causing muscle imbalance. Poor hip rotation will create weak shoulder muscles the lower back weakness will create leg and knee injuries.

So for a golfer to develop an injury free swing, they need their spinal mechanics assessed and this will not only lead to greater physical well being, but better golf. The Get Fit to Golf ChiroFit™ program was designed to assess the golfer's anatomy to maximise a golfer's physical capabilities.

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