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The 5 ticking time bombs that cause back pain in golf.

golf Jul 19, 2017

Did you know that one third of golfers currently have or previously experienced lower back pain while playing golf.

Does this surprise you? So common is it, as I write this i’ve just finished treating a golfer with low back pain.

Why?

Maybe you subscribe to the idea that golf is a leisurely sport which is perfectly suitable for the middle aged and somewhat out of shape. Well I’m going to convince you to dispel that belief as false. There are IN FACT a large number of risk factors for lower back pain amongst other injuries such as golfer’s elbow and knee pain that are associated specifically with golf, that are not necessarily true for any other sport. At the Injury Rehab Centre our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths look after many golfing patients from the Cheltenham, Moorabbin, Mentone, Highett, Hampton, Black Rock, Beaumaris and Heatherton suburbs in relation to low back pain, golfer’s elbow and knee pain, just to name a few.

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The biggest killer of golf swing symmetry.

golf resources Jul 12, 2017

A good golf swing is like riding a bike, it requires perfect balance and symmetry as you move dynamically from side to side.

However like riding a bike, when we lose balance things can crash and injuries can occur. At the Injury Rehab Centre our Physiotherapists and Osteopaths servicing patients from the Cheltenham, Moorabbin, Mentone, Highett, Hampton, Black Rock, Beaumaris and Heatherton suburbs see many have injuries in golfers such as lower back pain and golfer’s elbow that are associated with muscular and joint range of motion imbalances. This could either refer to significant difference in strength of a muscle or a restriction in movement resulting from a ‘tight’ muscle or joint. In almost all of these cases rehabilitation involves trying to iron out these differences.

So how does this relate to golf injuries?

Plain and simple, golf is a very repetitive and one sided sport. If we estimate that an average golfer may play twice a week and hit the range once. A...

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The 3 BEST strengthening exercises for bombing longer drives!

golf Jul 12, 2017

You know what they say, drive for show…putt for dough. But really not many of us are getting paid so there’s nothing better in golf than a long drive.

Whether you are a bit short of the tee and struggle to reach long par four’s in two shots OR if you are already a long hitter but would relish the opportunity to be able to go that bit further, maybe over the trees protecting that par 4 green, this blogs for you.

Kinetic Chain> Power > Club Head Speed > Ball Velocity > Drive Distance

As the golf swing is extremely intricate and complicated, club head speed is determined by the summation of forces developed throughout the whole body during the swing. Think leg muscles, hip muscles, trunk muscles, shoulder muscles and forearm muscles all combining and contributing to the final product.

The product of the swing then boils down to two things.

  1. How good is the timing of all these components to produce maximum club head speed at the point...
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The Top 5 ‘On the Course’ to hit the ball further and have less pain

golf resources Jul 12, 2017

Is this you?

“I really want to cream this drive but I feel like I can’t turn cause of this pinch in my back…”

Well you are not alone. Approximately 50% of male and female golfers will experience back pain at some stage which will stop them from playing their best.

But here’s what you can do.

Today I’m going to talk through 5 tips to help you get through your round with as little discomfort as possible.

1- Warm up!

Be honest, do you warm up at all? Most golfers don’t and it’s putting them at risk of injury and stopping them playing their best. Perform a variety of warm up exercises including hip and trunk rotation exercises. If you haven’t seen our previous posts, please have a look through the Injury Rehab Centre Youtube Channel which are perfect to perform before and during your round.

2 – Gradually Increase the swing forces – Putt > Wedges> Long Irons > Hybrid >...

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2 top exercises for office workers and golf back pain!

Are you an office worker who often feels pretty stiff in the lower back when you step out on to the tee block? Unfortunately this is a common problem for many golfers and something that the Physiotherapists and Osteopaths at the Injury Rehab Centre in Cheltenham deal with a lot with their golfing clients.

The reason for this is pretty simple, while 40+ hours of being chained to the computer during the week might help pay the bills it really doesn’t lend itself well to 3+ hours of golf on the weekend.

What does sitting do for low back pain?

You may of heard that sitting is being described as the new smoking? The reason for this is not only do sedentary lifestyles have ill effects for things like cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc but it is also terrible for movement health. A standard sitting position often places the joints of the hips and upper back in a squashed position that robs them of range of motion, and long periods of sitting can render the musculature very...

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Don’t forget the neck! 2 essential golf neck exercises.

Why good neck flexibility is important to golfers!

Now every golfer at some point has probably been told that

  1. to create power you need to have good ‘shoulder turn’
  2. throughout your backswing you need to keep your eye on the ball

Your neck is the conduit between your head and your trunk. It is made up of many muscles that connect over the shoulder and into the base of the skull and is influenced by many joints that not only from the vertebral bones of the neck but also from the upper back. So what role does it play to enable you create a full shoulder turn and keep your eye on the ball?

Some might remember that old HBA advert where the kid explains that after the crocodile bit his guts out, his head went one and his legs went the other way. This kind of rings true with the golf swing and the relationship between your neck and trunk.

During a right handers back swing, in order to keep your eye on the ball and your head still, your neck holds firm while your trunk...

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Golf Health – Reducing injury and improving your game can be the same thing.

golf injuryprevention Mar 16, 2016

From the outside golf can look like a gentle sport and we are very lucky to have so many great sand belt courses around the Cheltenham, Moorabin and Bayside areas. However, when we start to look at the complex interaction of muscle forces, and joint biomechanics required to play the perfect shot we can appreciate that injuries can occur like low back pain or golfer’s elbow pain any sport.

 

Did you know that 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer lower back pain and 30% of touring professionals are playing injured at any given time?

 

The professional tour players have recently adopted many strength and flexibility strategies to improve their game and reduce the risk of injury. They consult and see Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Strength and Conditioning coaches everyday to make sure they are finely tuned. This started with the likes of Tiger Woods and has become a common trend with athletes like Rory Mcilroy, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth....

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