As the lock-down restrictions are gradually being lifted, and we are finally allowed to go back to some sports activities, many golfers have jumped on this opportunity and decided to dust off their clubs and hit the fairways!
Golf is a great game that can help you stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. But, although it is considered a low-impact sport, it can put you at a greater risk of developing some injuries, due to its repetitive motions that may, over time, lead to inflammation, strains and other injuries of the muscles and discs of the spine, forcing you to take time off your game.
However, even though golf injuries are common, most of them are avoidable. Many of the golf-related injuries are either a result of poor mechanics or overuse. During a golf swing, it is the whole body that is used to execute a complex and coordinated movement. When this same movement is repeated frequently, significant stress is placed on the same muscles, tendons, and joints, often resulting in damage to the tissues.
In this particular blog post we are going to concentrate on the lower back and how we can help strengthen it specifically for the movements required for your golf swing through two videos.
In the first video we demonstrate two general lower back exercises which will strengthen the muscles and also increase flexibility, which is a very important element of swinging a golf club!
We get a little more specific in the second video where we give you two exercises focusing on core stability as well as back and lower body strength, all specific to golf.
Finally, it’s a really good idea to increase the length and intensity of your play gradually as you have been unable to play for a long time!
As the season progresses, build up your stamina slowly, to give your body enough time to adapt to the greater physical demands. This will ensure your muscles and tendons can adapt and get stronger over time, improving your performance and bringing the risk of injuries to a minimum. For your first few weeks maybe just try 9 holes and supplement this with a good few visits to the driving range where you can, of course, work on technique as well as building up muscular endurance.