Hitting The Course Without Remorse

 

Hitting The Course Without Remorse

With the warm weather upon us, many will be hitting the greens for a round of golf. Although many think of golf as a low impact activity, there are various injuries to multiple body parts that can occur if proper preventative techniques are not used.   Here is a handy-list to remember the next time you’re out on the course:

1. Strengthen muscles to prevent injury:

•       Preventing Golfer’s elbow (AKA: medial epicondylitis-inflammation of the tendons attached at the elbow).   Strengthen the forearm muscles – squeeze a tennis ball for 5 mins, do wrist curls with light weight.

•       Preventing low back pain.   Strengthen the lower back with exercises such as rows and pull downs and don’t forget to increase abdominal strength for a strong trunk.

2. Warm Up:

•       Before starting, do stretches for your shoulders, back, and legs -and stop by the driving range to warm up your swing.   If not contraindicated due to a health condition, taking an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or naproxen can help prevent a flare in those with arthritis.

3. General Tips

•       Lather up in sunscreen with at least 50 SPF (or better yet, SPF protective clothing), wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat

•       Stay hydrated- drink water or sports drinks before, during and after your game

•       Be on the look out for stray golf balls heading your way! FORE!

 

Source and further information found at.

1. OrthoInfo, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00137

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