As you may or may not be aware the final major of the golfing year is under way this weekend (7th-10th August) with all the talk being about how will Tiger Woods cope with the recurrences of his back injury he had at the start of year that forced him to withdraw from the final round of the WGC championship last week.
I thought I’d spend some time talking about how important injury prevention is in the world of golf.
Common Types of Injuries in Golf
Depending on weather you are an elite golfer making millions of pounds a year and playing in the biggest tournaments in the world, or just a recreational player who goes for a game every Sunday with your mates; Injuries are always going to be a part of the game. Typically injury sites no matter what type of golfer you are, are lower back, shoulders, hips and wrists, normally injuries in these areas come down to overuse or technique faults due to physical limitations.
Why do these Injuries occur?
A recent survey showed that approximately 44% of all injuries in golf come down to overuse, the main causes of overuse injuries include: Excessive play and practice, lack of flexibility, poor physical conditioning and many more.
Preventing Injury in golf
With flexibility and conditioning being common reasons for injury it is important that you spend time in gym as well as on the course and driving range. Building strength, power, endurance and flexibility in the key areas of the body I mentioned early is vital, doing such exercises as the squat, deadlift, back extension and frontal and lateral raises will help build the muscles around the hips, lower back and shoulders allowing for more stability in these areas during the golf swing. As well as strengthening your muscles, making sure you have good flexibility and mobility is also key to keeping healthy. Keeping the hips and lower back flexible is vital to a good golf swing as if these become tight then this will affect all aspects to the golf swing, resulting in extra stress being placed on the body, thus increasing the chances of injury. Exercises that are good for hip and lower back mobility are Swiss ball Abs rolls, medicine ball rotations, lying lower body rotations and many more.
If a full and effective exercise program is put together covering all areas mentioned and performed 2-3 times a week, then the golfer will reduce there chances of injury and also their overall game will improve by the swing will have more stability, power and control, resulting in longer drives, more fairways and greens hit and ultimately better scores and more enjoyable golf.
Interested in improving your golfing fitness?
Why not book in for a personalised gym programme with our new fitness instructor Graham, call 015394 39344 or ask at club reception.