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Golf Assessment

Is Pain ruining your golf game or ability to participate in the game?

Golfer performs a golf shot from the fairway.Did you know professional, amateur and especially and golfers are at risk for injuries to the low back, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands, and the knees.1 The lumbar spine is particularly susceptible to injury, due to the shear, compression, rotation, and lateral bending forces created during each golf swing.1,2  The combination of these forces (and the repetitive nature of it) contributes to golfers experiencing more injuries to the low back than any other region of the body.1-3  A golfer’s lumbar spine can experience compressive loads during each swing that are approximately 8 x one’s bodyweight.2

Physiotherapists are expert in spine and biomechanical movement analysis and the assessing the complex interaction between your joints, muscles and nervous system that may predispose you to injury or be in fact causing you pain already!

We can help you with:

  • Performance enhancement – longer drives, more stable short and mid-range game
  • Low Back Pain
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Wrist Pain and instability
  • Neck Pain
  • And more…

Did you know there are predictive risk factors of low back injury in golfers?

Research evidence and clinical experience suggest that golfers who suffer from LBP demonstrate dysfunctional trunk flexibility and inadequate core strength and endurance.5-7 There are a few published research reports that have identified predictors of low back injury in golfers.5-8 The main identifiable factors are:

  •         Spinal Joint stiffness among golfers with LBP.7,9
  •         Decreased Hip range of motion.7
  •         Decreased Lumbar spine extension.7
  •         Increased trunk flexion at ball address.9
  •         Excessive leading side flexion during the backswing.9

A golfer with an inadequate amount of spinal or hip motion, core strength and stability during a swing will not only stress the back but other joints and muscles that are compensating and these dysfunctional patterns can lead to further pain and dysfunction.  Get it sorted and get back into the game…see one of our Golfing friendly Physios today!

References

1. McHardy A, Pollard H, Luo K. Golf injuries: a review of the literature. Sports Med. 2006;36(2):171-187.
2. Hosea TM, Gatt CJ, Jr. Back pain in golf. Clin Sports Med. Jan 1996;15(1):37-53.
3. Fradkin AJ, Cameron PA, Gabbe BJ. Golf injuries—common and potentially avoidable. J Sci Med Sport. 2005;8(2):163-170.
4. Coleman SG, Rankin AJ. A three-dimensional examination of the planar nature of the golf swing. J Sports Sci. 2005;23(3):227-234.
5. Evans C, Oldreive W. A study to investigate whether golfers with a history of low back pain show a reduced endurance of transversus abdominis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000;8(4):162-174.
6. Evans K, Refshauge K, Adams R, Aliprandi L. Predictors of low back pain in young elite golfers: a preliminary study. Phys Ther Sport. 2005;6(3):122-130.

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