150 York Street, Stoughton, MA 02072 781-344-0600
Who says a snow pile can’t be a hazard? It is time to pull out the golf clubs and “swing” your body back into shape. Golf has gained popularity because it can be enjoyed by a variety of players regardless of skill, gender, or age. Unfortunately, those are also the reasons for a high number of golf-related injuries every year. Most golf injuries are repetitive strains and are preventable with a warm up before teeing off.
Back injuries occur when the spine hyper-extends at the end of a swing or with constant forward bending. To decrease risk, maintain upright posture at follow-through and use a ball retriever or bend your knees to pick up or tee a ball. Avoid spine twisting by pushing, not pulling, your golf bag. If you already have a back injury, use a long-handled putter. Prevention of shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries starts with proper club length and grip.
The best way to enjoy your golf game is to remain injury free. Start at the driving range and practice your swing in a controlled environment. Begin your season with nine, not eighteen, holes, and if you were injured at the end of last season take a few lessons from a Pro to correct your form.
Warm up stretches: Repeat each exercise five times, hold 10 seconds, and avoid quick movements or bouncing.
Neck: Perform small circles both directions.
If your body is below par and you are seeking above par therapy, come to New England Sinai Physical Therapy in Stoughton, Mass.