Back Pain and Golf 1

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

With the weather warming up and days getting longer, more people are heading to the golf course for fun and exercise. Dr. Edward Hill discusses steps to help prevent back pain from keeping you off the links in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Research has shown that more than half of all golfers will incur a lower back injury at sometime during their careers.

Up to eight times your body weight is forced through your spine as you strike a golf ball. Poor body mechanics when combined with a weak back increases the likelihood of back pain or injury.

Experts suggest following these simple steps to help reduce your chances of injury:

First, make sure that your clubs fit you properly.

Second, consider taking a lesson from a PGA professional who can help analyze your swing and correct your body movement.

Golf, like all sports, requires a proper warm-up: including a good stretching routine.

Whether it is to pick up your golf bag, pick up the ball, or eyeing up a putt, bending should be at the knees and the back kept straight.

Good body mechanics are crucial to helping prevent back injury.

Tomorrow, join me as I discuss specific golf stretches to improve your flexibility.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.