Golf Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention
Do you have to be in shape to play golf?
There’s belief that one doesn’t have to be in shape to be a good golfer. Such portly individuals perpetuate as Craig Stadler and John Daly (Both weighing in at a modest 300 pounds. Maybe they were sumo-aspirants at one point?) who go on to win tournaments despite the invasion of Paunch DeLeon they have going on around their midsections. These two and others like them are the exception, not the rule, and I guarantee you they would be better players if they were in better shape. Not to mention they would be able to play longer.
How to Do It
The goal is to prevent Musculoskeletal Injuries.
There’s more to fitness than taking a club made of lead and swinging it over and over. To be properly conditioned one must focus on three things: strength, stamina, and flexibility. For power, you need strength. You Need Strenght, to make it all the way to the 18th hole. And to have great technique, a golfer must be flexible. It works for Tiger Woods, and it can work for you, too!
The Products to Help:
I’ve been golfing for over 20 years, and thankfully have never had an injury keep me down. I’m not getting any younger, however, and I’ve become more focused on golf fitness as a result. Two products have helped me get closer to my goals and are available to others in the fitness section: Roger Frederick’s Stretching and Flexibility on DVD, and the Golf Gym. Both are fantastic at improving your overall conditioning, and the Golf Gym even helped Pat Perez win the Bob Hope Tour! That sort of endorsement you can’t beat with a stick (Or should I say club?).
Flexibility the Key.
As one can expect, flexibility is one of the first things to go in an individual, golfers included. Flexibility is key to a golfer’s performance. If you’re not limber enough to turn on the backswing correctly, then you’re in the pit without a sand wedge, my friend. Greater flexibility improves a golfer’s range of motion and allows for stronger muscles. These two attributes together help a golfer swing true consistently, allowing the player to put the ball where he wants it. It’s been shown that improving your strength and flexibility can add up to 20 yards of distance off the tee. That’s quite a difference!
Body movement limitation results in improper or modified swing models which could cause injuries,
mainly back and neck pain, elbow and shoulder injuries. When a swing is performed repeatedly or executed improperly due to poor comprehension of the swing mechanics or physical constraints, injuries may occur. Golf related injuries may be a result of overuse, poor techniques, and poor physical fitness.
Serious about golf?
Get serious about golf fitness, then. Sure, you may be able to pull it off like some of our more rotund professionals out there whose idea of exercise is to dead-lift Krispy Kreme boxes. But, let’s just say that others have tried it against super heavyweight boxer ButterBean, thinking to beat him at his own game. The results weren’t pretty, and the odds of the same thing happening in golf are pretty high. Better your chances: think Tiger Woods, not Stadler the Waddler!