If you, like millions of people worldwide, love a round of golf on the weekends, you probably already know that the game can put some strain on your back. Fortunately, there are ways that you can proactively take care of your back while still enjoying the sport you love. Here are some of Dr. Abdulhamid's recommendations to help reduce pain before you hit the green.
Golf is real exercise, and it takes a toll on your body. Starting cold is a surefire way to end up hyperextending your muscles. Instead, get in the habit of stretching regularly, whether you're playing 18 holes or just doing a few practice swings on your lunch break. It is always best to warm up by stretching your back, sides, shoulders, and hips. Doing windmill stretches and hip circles is a simple way to start.
Work on Your Core
While your back may take the brunt of the abuse from your golf swing, it is actually your core muscles that have the biggest influence on your flexibility and strength. By strengthening your core with sit-ups, planks, bridges, and reverse leg lifts, you can hold your body steady even as you finish out your swing. This will reduce the strain felt in your lower back.
Perfect Your Swing
There is nothing as dangerous for your back as a faulty swing. Whether your balance is off or you just tweak your back on the back swing, there are a multitude of ways that you can hurt yourself if you aren’t careful. With the help of a trainer and some training equipment, you can ensure that your swing is as close to perfect as possible.
Invest in the Right Equipment
Ditch the shoulder bag and opt for a rolling cart for your clubs instead. Walk when you can, and take a golf cart if you start to feel the strain on your back. It is always best to take it easy at the first sign of discomfort and strain rather than risking a serious back injury by pushing yourself too hard.
These four tips will help support your back health while you continue to enjoy golf whenever you’d like. Remember that proper stretching and core workouts in between games can make a big difference in back strength, as can training your swing. Having convenient equipment on hand will make life easier once you start to wear down as you progress through the game.
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