Golf is one of America’s all-time favorite sports. Like many sports, golf can cause back pain and discomfort. Many golfers will experience some form of back pain at some point during their lives. Even the pros, such as Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson, have complained of back pain when playing. Many different muscle groups are activated when you swing a golf club. Keeping these muscles stretched, flexible, and well-rested is key to injury prevention.
These steps can help you prevent pain and ensure you’ll never miss a tee time:
- Warm up: Remember a few easy stretches you can do before hitting your opening tee shot to warm up muscles and prevent injury. These stretches from com only take about 2 minutes. In addition to helping get your muscles ready for the game, they can help you play better golf.
- Take it slow: If you’re new to the sport or haven’t played in a while, try not to overexert yourself. Start with short sessions on the driving range while working your way up to a full round of golf.
- Incorporate conditioning exercises: A strong core, which includes muscles in your abdomen, back, buttocks, and pelvis, helps keep back pain and injuries away. Add conditioning exercises to strengthen your core as well as exercises that focus on rotation to prepare your body for the twisting motions of swinging a golf club.
- Stretch: It’s important to have a balance of strength and flexibility when it comes to the game of golf. Having a regular stretching routine before and after the game will help alleviate muscle tension and prevent future strains. Foam rollers are also a great way to release muscle tension and improve flexibility.
- Invest in an inversion table: Inversion tables help to relieve shoulder, back, and hip pain while improving flexibility and decreasing pressure on our spines. Studies have show that golfers who use Inversion Tables, like the Teeter Hang Ups, averaged 3 fewer strokes per round, increased drive speed by 69%, and improved their total distance by an average of 10%.
- Rest: With any sport or physical activity, rest is essential. Give yourself some time to recover between games.
When you visit us in-store, we can help you find product solutions for your specific needs. Head to your local Relax The Back location to speak with one of our trained specialists and try out our inversion tables or our numerous fitness and therapy products first-hand to see what works best for you. You’ll leave the store with a better understanding of how you can relieve pain and discomfort at home or on the go.
If you are experiencing back or neck pain, be sure to consult your doctor before stepping back on the course or starting any new stretching routines.