Golf Conditioning & Injury Prevention
A golfer’s conditioning program must be designed to integrate the whole body. Using functional golf exercises, what I would also call corrective exercises are designed to balance, lengthen, restore, strengthen and coordinate movement patterns specific to golf. The sole reason for a good golf conditioning program is to allow the golfer to play at an optimal level without getting injured along the way.Unfortunately for many golfers, pain is a constant battle; whether it is back pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain; most golfers just grin and bear it and play through the discomfort. Did you know that over 50% of golfers play with pain, and 90% of them have received some kind of “quick fix” therapy that has not worked; you can’t just take care of the pain, you need to take care of the cause.
The 3 Rules to follow for Golf and Sports Wellness include the following:
One common limitation I find in golfers is lack of gluteal or “butt” strength; weakness in this area can cause problems in balance, posture, and power in the golf swing. Here are a couple of key exercises that I have most all of my golfers do.
2. Isolated Gluteal contraction against wall- you will feel this one on the down leg; drive pressure into that heal, stand up nice and straight and try to raise the opposite leg as high as you can.
Article written by Dr. Tyler Hamel, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Level 3
|This article was published on Thursday 21 June, 2012.|
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