Golfers are at greater risk for lower back pain and injuries to the shoulders, elbows, wrists and knees.

golf-swingThe rotation and bending of a golf swing can have significant impact on the lower back. By maintaining a strong, flexible core you can improve your golf swing and prevent lower back injury. A strong core will also help improve balance and strengthen your stance.

By engaging in a Golf “fitness” program you will prevent injury and improve your game. Think about how your body needs to move to swing a golf club. If you have tightness or stress in any of those moving parts, your swing (and body) will suffer. To see the specifics of how the world’s greatest golfers move their body, take a look at this article.

Research and clinical experience suggest that golfers who suffer from chronic lower back pain demonstrate dysfunctional trunk flexibility and inadequate core strength and endurance.1 After an initial physical therapy examination, most patients will be given exercises to improve endurance and build up resistance. The objective is to improve the side to side flexibility by working the core.

Golfers’ goals

  • Eliminate Pain – what pain is impeding your golf performance?
  • Increase mobility – improve mobility in all joints, hip, shoulders, neck, hands and wrists
  • Improve flexibility – particularly in the hip and shoulders
  • Improve balance – better control of the core muscles: abdomen, hip
  • Increase strength – in your core, arms, and legs, hands

Crunches, side and front planks, various twist exercises, squats and lunges can help improve muscle strength and give your body the foundation it needs to play golf. We recommend coming into our office for an evaluation. We can create an in office PT plan and customize a home therapy regimen that will have you swinging your golf club more efficiently.


1 Pacific University

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