Designing a Golf Swing to Save You from Back Pain
Golf is a full-body physical activity that engages muscle groups in the legs, torso, and arms. In addition to torn muscles and ligaments, low back pain is another common complaint among new and experienced golfers alike. Back pain related to golfing activities is most frequently associated with poor form, making the development of a healthy golf swing the key to preventing golf injuries and pain.
During the backswing, it’s important to rotate only the middle portion of your back, rather than the lower back. This is because the lumbar (lower) spine does not have the same range of motion as the thoracic (middle) spine. By bending your right knee and turning your left shoulder down as you swing back, you’ll allow the lumbar spine to stay stationary while twisting the thoracic spine, reducing strain on the lower back and preventing pain.
As you swing your club and connect with the ball, following through with the swing to its very end is the healthiest posture. Golfers who try to keep their body stationary as soon as they hit the ball experience excess strain on the lower back by simply stopping the motion before it is complete, which leads to back pain after the fact. To prevent stressing the lower back, continue to rotate your body after impact and turn your pelvis toward your target, letting your core and your gluteal muscles absorb the stress, rather than your back.
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