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
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
disks and facet
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
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.
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.
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.
become a member and try the ChiroFit program to help improve