Common perception is that golf is a gentle game, enjoyed by all ages and all skill levels, and less likely to lead to injury like other sports. While golf can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, there is actually a lot of research showing that golfers experience A LOT of injuries. Surprising as it may seem, take a look at the following numbers.
While golf is a popular sport for many in Colorado, it also leaves many participants complaining of back pain. Unfortunately, golf is often associated with low back pain because it requires a motion of rotation which the low back is not made to perform. The low back is anatomically built to be primarily a forward moving joint with minimal rotation.
Quite a few research studies have examined neck pain, prevention of neck pain, and how to decrease the chances and the severity of neck pain using proper exercise. Most people at one point or another in their life will experience neck pain - and this issue is not just seen in the elderly. A recent study in the journal Spine even showed that almost half of boys and girls aged 15-16 years have neck pain! Here are a few stretches and strength exercises to consider incorporating into your routine.
Most people at one point or another in their life will experience neck pain. A recent study in the journalSpine even showed that almost half of boys and girls aged 15-16 years have neck pain! Here are some tips to help prevent discomfort:
The golf swing requires adequate and coordinated hip and trunk rotation, as well as adequate power to drive the ball from the core. Lack of sufficient movement and power has been associated with low back pain in golfers. The following exercises may help in maintaining a comfortable and functional golf swing.
During hiking, the variety of terrain and elevation can cause increased stress to the body. The following exercises target proper movement and strength for preventing pain and improving hiking performance.
Winter sports often demand more total body strength and conditioning because of the intensity of sport and nature of the season (like increased resistance through snow). For example, skiing can place stress on the knees if motion is not controlled properly, and snowshoeing can be taxing on cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Conditioning exercises for control and endurance can help avoid injury and pain. Try incorporating the exercises below into your regular workouts, along with a routine stretching regimen.