Research indicates one out two golfers will incur a lower back injury during their playing career, are you one of them? Almost every golfer on the planet has at some time or another felt muscles "tighten" up on the course, after a round, or even getting out of bed.
Why is this so? The reason for the high number of injuries in the sport of golf is a result of the golf swing itself! The swing is a rotational movement.
It requires you to rotate around a fixed spine.
The back muscles takes the brunt of the pressure of the twisting and turning.
The rotation and torque can make your muscles very easily fatigued or injured.
The question to ask is how to counteract the stresses placed on this area of the body? There are a number of ways to help you "dodge the injury bullet" when it comes to the back.
Injuries generally occur because of three different reasons.
Poor Swing Mechanics 2.
Weak Back Muscles 3.
Workloads The first category has to do with your swing mechanics.
A research study (don't quote me on the exact %) indicated that the rate of back injuries in the amateur golfer was 60% higher than professionals in the sport.
The study determined the number was statically higher in amateurs because of the shear forces created in the swing.
The amount of shear forces created by the amateur was exponentially higher than the professional.
Professionals have a much more efficient swing, lowering the shear forces placed upon these muscles compared to the typical amateur.
The second category refers to the physical aspect of the swing.
This musculature is used extensively in order to swing the golf club properly.
If the muscles are weak, over time it will become fatigued.
Once the muscles become fatigued, the ability to swing the club with the same force becomes much more difficult.
Additionally, once it is tired, and you continue to perform these, these muscles will become sore and eventually you will injure it.
The final reason golfers tend to have injuries is workloads.
Simply put, workloads are the number of swings you take within a certaintime frame.
For example, a PGA Tour player during a competitive week on Tour may swing a club well over 1,000 times.
This is the total number of swings over a 7 day period can be defined as the Tour players workloads for that week.
A injury can incur if the workloads for any golfer become too high.
Regardless of the efficiency within the swing mechanics or the strength of the lower back, too high of a workload will lead to injury.
For example, in you were to go to the range and execute 1,000 swings with the club in a 3-hour time frame.
The likelihood of a injury is very high.
Why? Because the workloads are too high within the give time fame for any golfer! The key in regards to workloads is to match up the efficiency of your swing and the strength within the muscles of the body.
If you have poor mechanics and a weak muscles, your workloads should be very low.
If you have moderately efficient mechanics and a fairly strong muscles.
The workloads can be higher.
What is the best way to avoid a injury? Simple, it is a 3-step process.
Number one; develop efficient golf swing mechanics.
This can be done through proper instruction, practice, and time.
Number two; implement a golf fitness program into your exercise routine.
This type of program will strengthen your muscles in relation to this movements of this sport.
Number three; monitor the number of swings you make with the club in relation to points one and two.
Golf fitness exercises can assist in the step number two, a coach can help you with step number one, and keeping track of your workloads is a step you can do on your own.
Putting it all together should go a long way in preventing injury to your body this season.