Although golf is a low-impact sport, it’s associated with a significant number of injuries, with over 80% of golfing-related injuries resulting from poor mechanics or overuse.
Lower back pain in golfers
Lower back pain is one of the most common complaint among golfers and it is often caused by a poor swing. The golf swing is a highly demanding task in itself and requires a combination of adequate flexibility (mainly rotation), along with good muscle control to ensure good quality movement is taking place.
Also, poor flexibility and muscle strength can cause minor strains in the back that can easily become severe injuries.
During a golf swing, the back must be the stable base of which the
rest of the body must follow. If there is poor range of movement or lack of muscular co-ordination around the core, pain can often present. Lower back pain accounts for 1/3 of the injuries experienced by golfers.
This is due to the mildly bent position and twisting action at speed during the swing. This combination is an unfavourable movement if your back core muscles are weak, lack control and there is underlying spinal stiffness or poor flexibility. Inevitably, with repeated poor technique, this will eventually lead to pain.
For further information on how AposTherapy can help you improve your mobility and get back on to the golf course please click on the following link Golf Back Pain Booklet.
Knee pain in golfers
Knee pain is a common complaint from keen golfers, the long distances walked, often on uneven surfaces, provide quite a challenge for our muscles and joints. Bending down repeatedly to pick up a tee or ball, crouching to line up a putt and rotating the knees during the golf swing can all lead to a knee injury or exacerbate an existing problem. A lack of internal hip rotation can cause excessive extension of the knee joint during the backswing and downswing, whilst weak Gluteal muscles and dominance of Quads muscles are commonly associated with knee pain in older golfers.
The downswing phase, including the impact portion of the golf swing, causes nearly twice the number of golf injuries compared to the backswing. Both the lead and trail legs are vulnerable to injury, and transferring weight to the lead leg during the downswing actually increases the risk to the lead leg.
Knee pain can often increase with longer distance shots due to an increase in rotation forces around the knee.
For further information on how AposTherapy can help you improve your mobility and get back on to the golf course please click on the following link Golf Knee Pain Booklet.
Murray Fender – Getting back to golf
Murray’s osteoarthritis had almost stopped him from playing golf. After AposTherapy® treatment, he is now back walking the course with ease.