Golf season is upon us, and this challenging (and sometimes frustrating) sport can take a toll on your body. Repetitive movements, such as swinging and putting, require core strength and balance in conjunction with ample muscle movement.
Due to its physical requirements, it’s no surprise that Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Chiropractor Dr. Tom LaFountain found 80% of injuries suffered on the links are back injuries.
Other common injuries include shoulder and neck pain, ankle and feet stiffness, and hip discomfort.
Chiropractic care can improve your body’s performance and comfort level, thus helping you improve your score on the green. In fact, according to Dr. LaFountain, 72% of pro golfers receive regular chiropractic care. One of the most prominent adjustments golfers can receive is the removal of a vertebrae misalignment. Once these subluxations (misalignments) are removed from your lower back, you’ll have a greater range of motion in your swing thus increasing your range.
In addition to receiving regular chiropractic treatment, golfers can keep their bodies at optimal performance on the green by…
>> Drinking water
Water keeps your body functioning properly, and drinking the recommended amount of water daily will help prevent muscle fatigue and cramps while on the course.
>> Stretching before you play
Stretching your arms, back, and hips before beginning a round will increase your flexibility while decreasing the chance of injury.
>> Exercise your hips and supporting muscles
Strengthen the muscles that support your hips through kinetic exercises such as lunges, squats, leg curls, and push-ups.