Well the US Masters has rolled around again and seeing the beautiful course and the competition unfolding it’s no wonder that so many people love to play the game. Of course golfers will, no doubt, be taking advantage of the longer hours of daylight and hopefully warmer weather over the coming months to fit in more golf.
Whilst golf doesn’t necessarily conjure up pain and injuries for many, at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic in Fareham, it is not unusual for our chiropractors to treat golfers.
The most obvious joints to be put at risk by golfers are the lower back, shoulders and wrists. This is in the main due to the repetitive nature of the swing action. However, this is not the only thing to put a player at risk.
Our chiropractors have put together some tips to help golfers stay safe on the golf course. Here they are:
- Get your swing checked: A good alignment will not only keep you safer it will more than likely improve your game.
- Make your bag safe: Lugging around a heavy and awkward golf bag is not going to help your back! Invest in a ultra light bag with dual harness straps over the shoulders. Not only will your bag be lighter it will be safer for your too. P.S. remember to ditch any clutter and unnecessary weight from your bag also! Remember to always bend at the knees when lifting your bag.
- Warm Up & Cool Down: Getting your body ready for exercise is vital. Do a simple stretching routine for a few minutes before teeing off to get your muscles ready. Concentrate on stretching your hamstrings, quads, chest and shoulders. Once you’ve finished your round (and before you head to the bar) be sure to repeat your stretching routine.
- Use a power or electric caddy. Using a pull-trolley inevitably means twisting your body around awkwardly. Try using a power or electric caddy instead.
If you have any golfing injuries please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back to tip top condition as soon as possible. You can contact us on 01329 280 283 or email us at email@example.com