|by Yong Kim, DC
With any sort of sport, injuries are not unusual. You can frequently avoid getting injured in a certain sport by discovering what injury is likely to happen, and then do what it takes to prevent it. Unfortunately, sports injuries can’t always be avoided. Consequently, it’s advantageous to be physically fit to make injury less probable, or less traumatic. Before beginning a sport, such as golf, the most important thing you can do is to be confident that you have the proper fitness level. By cultivating a healthy lifestyle, making sure your joints are mobile and your muscles are limber, warming and stretching your body prior to activity, using proper form and good postures while actively playing, and giving yourself plenty of cool down and relaxation time, you just might keep your body safe from injury.
Amateurs and pros alike can sustain golf injuries, but most amateurs are willing to stop playing and recuperate. However, nearly a third of pro golfers play injured at any given time. The good news is that a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness can actually decrease golf injuries or even prevent them totally.
Proper body strength in the muscle zones most used when golfing is very important. However, it’s essential to determine that your spine is in healthy alignment and that it has good mobility before you set out to build muscle strength. A proficient golf swing hinges on your spine’s facility to efficiently move in a rotational fashion. Back injuries are the most widespread kind of injuries experienced by golfers. Your chiropractor will establish that your spine is in proper alignment and that there is effectual movement of the vertebrae. Chiropractic care can make a big difference in helping you to avoid back injury.
A day on the golf course that remains injury-free depends on how prepared you are for the game, so once you’re “straightened,” you’ll need to strengthen and gain more flexibility. Warming up your muscles by doing golf-specific stretching and flexibility exercises, is a must in order to make muscle strain less likely. Full body flexibility can be gained fairly quickly through range of motion (ROM) exercises, and elastic band condition can provide targeted golf range of motion advantages and increase needed strengthening of shoulders, hips, and the deep muscles of the core. Your chiropractor and other sports professionals are adding elastic band training to their golf conditioning programs because they supply the dynamic resistance that ordinary weight lifting does not.
“Golfer’s Elbow” is a common golf condition second only to back injuries. The only difference between golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow is that, with tennis elbow the outside of the upper arm is afflicted, the inner arm is impinged with golfer’s elbow. Both can be a reaction to a single excessive action, e.g., in golf it might be thrusting down on the mat at the driving range or striking a hard fairway surface. However, repetitive stress from smaller shocks is usually the culprit. Another exacerbating cause of injury is suddenly starting to play too much golf, such as entering a tournament when you’re used to playing only once or twice a month.
Golf makes exclusive requirements on our body. Fatigue can be problematic because the game usually lasts longer than most other sports. Unhealthy posture and impeded coordination are often the consequences of a fatigued body. This combination can create an assortment of injuries. In addition, as a result of the continuous swinging of the golf clubs, the shoulder muscles are susceptible to injury. Just as it is essential for you to stretch and warm up before you start your golf game, be sure that you rest your body properly between games.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be an unforeseen result of the repetitive stress of numerous games of golf played over several months continuously. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be a serious injury creating incapacitation and sometimes requiring surgery. However, discovered at an early stage, chiropractic management and, frequently, the use of a brace will alleviate the problem.
Quite a few golfers seem to assume that injuries are just an unavoidable part of a golfer’s life. Nonetheless, a healthy, mobile spine, dedicated preparation, proper exercise and muscle conditioning, attaining and maintaining a a suitable fitness level, and prudent rest and recuperation after your game is over, can assisting in making injuries far less a part of your golfing experience.
Dr. Yong Kim is a Chiropractor in Sacramento with over thirteen years of experience helping thousands of patients get out of pain and get their lives back. Dr. Kim’s clinic is located at 1707 Professional Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825. He has a special interest as well as post doctoral training in sports injuries. For more information visit his website: www.sacramentochiropractor.org.
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