A golf back injury or pain is one of the top issues golfers deal with during or after a round. In this post, we will examine the reasons behind why your low back might be aching and explore potential solutions to keep you swinging pain-free.
1. Lack of Mobility
There are certain areas in your body, such as your hips (among other areas), that must be moving correctly to have an efficient and pain-free golf swing. If there are any restrictions in motion in these key areas, whether it be due to muscle or joint limitations, the body will then compensate and search for other areas to rotate through. The problem with this, is that because of the central location of the lower back, it is often the victim of lack of rotation. To make matters worse, the lumbar spine (low back) is not designed to rotate to the same degree as your hips or thoracic spine – if your hips and thoracic spine are not moving as they should, the lower back will then attempt to help rotate your body, leading to excessive stress, strain and discomfort.
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2. Improper Warm-Up
Neglecting to warm up before hitting the course is a common mistake golfers make. “Cold” muscles are more prone to injury, and a proper warm-up routine can prepare your body for the physical demands of golf. Incorporating golf specific exercises and stretches into your weekly regime can take the pressure off your low back and play a part in injury prevention.
3. Poor Swing Mechanics
Poor swing mechanics can also place excessive stress on the lower back. If there are any inconsistencies with your swing, your body will begin to compensate, which in turn may cause your lower back to bear more pressure than designed. It is important to note that poor swing mechanics can actually be caused by lack of mobility in the areas mentioned above.
Lower back pain after a round of golf is a common issue, but it is not inevitable. By addressing factors such as mobility/flexibility, warm-up routines, and swing mechanics, you can minimize the risk of injury and discomfort. Book your FREE strategy call HERE today, and start your path to pain-free golf.