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fitness www.insidegolf.com.au | February 2016 61 Dr Richard Parkinson is an expert on spinal injuries in sportspeople and sees many golfers in his practice with back injuries. http://ispine.com.au/ Dr Richard Parkinson http://ispine.com.au/ Does your golf swing cause you back pain? G olf is generally considered a low-impact activity, so it might surprise you that it’s a sport in which players can incur a lot of back pain. If you are suffering golfers’ back pain you can get back on par and avoid serious back injury from golf by addressing some key issues. Don’t skip the warm up Because golf is a sport where you are relatively sedentary and then suddenly moving, it’s important you warm up your muscles before you go out for a round. It’s also a very asymmetrical sport requiring a lot of twisting when the time to move does come, so a warm up is a good idea to promote a supple spine and help guard yourself against a back injury. It can even be beneficial to include gentle stretching out on the course before you get the 1 or 2 iron out, as the larger the club the more intense the twist in your back. If you have a history of back pain a physiotherapist can prescribe a set of beneficial exercises to do before a game of golf. Age shall not weary them It’s a catch 22 isn’t it? once we retire or cut back our working hours we have more time for leisure activities like golf, but the older you are the more statistically likely you are to suffer from back pain or have a back injury. This does not mean golf need be off limits. Quite the contrary, as movement and physical activity becomes increasingly important in addressing back pain as we age. Again, a physiotherapist can offer specific exercises for before and after a game to avoid back injury from golf. It can also help to take an anti-inflammatory before a game of golf so you don’t end up with a back spasm. Golf is an enjoyable and beneficial activity for people any age; so don’t let a back injury from golf put you out of the game. If you find you have sustained a back injury from golf it’s important to seek advice from a health practitioner and address the pain as early as possible to limit any long-term complications and get back to the green quickly. Back surgery doesn’t put you in the rough If you’ve had back surgery you will be working with health professionals on your rehabilitation and they are well placed to guide your return to the game. once your clinician gives you the go ahead spend a month or two working on your short game and work on the larger swings with the assistance of a physiotherapist. It’s even worth seeking out a physio or sports physician who has an interest in golfers’ back pain. Your doctor will be able to help you track one down. As is the case after any surgery you will need to be very aware of your limitations and also acknowledge that you’re not going to be hitting like a pro for a while. • THE LANDMARK NELSON BAY Reservations: (02) 4984 4633 | Freecall: 1800 200 755 Group Consultant: (02) 4984 8963 | Fax: (02) 4984 4677 Email: email@example.com | Groups Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Traditional Golf Package 2 x Nights Accommodation 1 x Round of Golf at Nelson Bay From: Twin Share - $230 per person Quad Share - $180 per person Championship Golf Package 2 x Nights Accommodation 1 x Round of Golf at Nelson Bay 1 x Round of Golf at Pacific Dunes From: Twin Share - $340 per person Quad Share - $305 per person Packages are subject to availability at time of booking and exclude all long weekends, public holidays and Xmas school holidays.
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