In 2016, the National Health Statistics Reports (NHSR) after analyzing thousands of surveys showed that Golf has a higher risk of injury associated with it than Rugby. As shocking as this is, it makes sense. Most injuries associated with Golf are due to overuse, opposed to the trauma type injuries of Rugby. 18 holes a week over 52 weeks is 936 holes, assuming you are shooting 85 average per round that is almost 80,000 strokes in a year! That much repetitive stress without some sort of maintenance program is a recipe for disaster. The NHSR did also show that there are other risks of golf such as being run over by a cart, struck by a arrant ball and even some lightening strikes.
The easiest way to reduce your risk of injury is to move better, and be stronger within this range. If you can get through the proper sequencing of a swing stress is evenly placed on the body, decreasing your risk for injury. The best part about improving movement though is that with a more efficient swing the ball will go further! Less pain/risk or injury and more distance on your ball what could be better.
The most common area injured in golf is the low back. This is due to increased stress going through an area of the body that is meant to be stable through the golf swing. Most of our rotation on the back swing and follow through should come through the hips and upper back. Not our low back and shoulders. If this is happening, at through the swing you will continue to put excess stress on low back until it has had enough and starts to have pain. To fix this you need a couple easy exercises to test out your rotation and to fix it.
First things first we need to see if we are limited with hip rotation. If you have enough motion there are many other limitations that can lead to pain, or it could be a weakness/stability issue.
Hip Rotation Test
This test is a quick and easy way to assess hip and lumbar rotation to make sure that you have all the motion needed for a great swing.
Hip PA Mobilization
This hip mobilization can be done anywhere even on a golf cart seat.
Golf Rotational Strength
Rotational strength is a great way to follow up any type of soft tissue or joint mobilization work to get the muscles working in a new range.
If you have pain or discomfort with golf make sure you give us a call today before it gets worse.