Golferalgia and Tee-0ffitis... Translation:
Golf is becoming more and more popular in the United States. Golf includes
exercise, requires skill, and creates an atmosphere of fellowship among players.
Ask the right golfer and you'll find out just how important golf is to doing
business, too. Avid golfers are everywhere.
To play golf well, a healthy full-functioning body is a necessity since injuries
hurt performance. The most common injuries amateur and professional golfers
experience are low back, wrist, elbow and shoulder pain. Upper back pain is
also a possibility.
Recently, the National Golf Fitness Society developed a list of do's and don'ts
for golfers to help reduce the chance of injury.
One of the first recommendations is to choose clubs that fit your height. Using
clubs that are too short can put significant strain on the low back. Another
equipment consideration is properly fitting shoes. What you stand on can help
or hurt your swing and your back's health. The right shoes, possibly including
custom orthotic inserts, can improve balance and stability. Also, soft spikes
are much better for the greens and your spine. Taking lessons to insure correct
swing technique is another logical step.
It's a good idea to warm up before each round. Get blood flowing to muscles
and assist your flexibility by stretching and a brisk walk to the tee box. Check
with your chiropractor for appropriate stretching exercises. Any other exercises
that you are doing to increase your upper body strength should be checked for
appropriateness, especially after an injury.
Drink lots of water while golfing. Water is necessary for replacing lost fluids
in the body and hydrating spinal joints and muscles.
If your ball is stuck behind an obstruction that might jar you, take the drop.
One bad swing, stopped short, could create more grief, health-wise, than taking
that extra stroke.
Consistent, high level performance is everything in golf. Ask Tiger Woods.
Tiger and chiropractic go back a long way. In 1995, Tiger Woods rode on the
prize winning Chiropractic Centennial float in the Rose Bowl Parade to advertise
what chiropractic has done for him. He attributes some of his incredible performance
to continued chiropractic care. Recently, other professional golfers are following
his lead. Shouldn't you, too?