Back Pain and Golf 2

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill talks about simple stretches to help improve your flexibility and hopefully improve your golf game.

Dr. Hill:

Golf, like all sports, requires a proper warm up. A good stretching routine includes the shoulders, upper back, lower back and hips, as well as the hamstrings.

Before your next round, try these stretches prior to taking your practice swings.

Hold each stretch for 15 seconds and repeat twice on each side. The shoulder and upper back can be stretched by holding a golf club behind the neck and shoulder and then rotating the torso.

A backswing stretch can also help stretch the shoulders and torso. Place both hands on a club extended at an angle and lower your upper body to feel a gentle stretch.

The lower back and hips can be stretched by pulling one knee toward the chest.

Hamstring stretching can be done by bending at the hips, keeping the back straight, and trying to touch the toes.

Increasing flexibility and improving mechanics are two ways to help prevent back injury and can even help to improve your golf game.

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