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Chiropractic Association of Rhode Island Offers Injury Prevention Tips For Golfers

 

As the warm weather comes about, many of us are enjoying an increased level of outdoor activity. One of the most commonly pursued activities during this time of year is the sport of golf, which is played nationwide.

While a significant portion of the American population is playing golf consistently and enjoying their time on the course, the amount of stress and the frequency of injury in golfers’ musculoskeletal systems is increasing alongside the spring and summer temperatures.

Chiropractic care has long been looked to as a way to remedy some of the problems that golfers experience, but this is usually after an injury or discomfort has occurred. Using the principles of prevention in musculoskeletal health, the Chiropractic Association of Rhode Island has formed a set of guidelines for golfers to incorporate throughout the many rounds that they will play this summer. The organization asserts that if golfers follow these guidelines, then they can avoid injury and other potential problems and enjoy a full season of golf pain-free.

First, the Chiropractic Association of Rhode Island preaches endurance and strength as a main element of injury prevention for golfers. If golfers are able to build endurance through activities like biking, running, or Olympic weightlifting, they have the ability to make the long periods of time spent on the course much more manageable.

With so much emphasis placed on the mechanics of an individual’s golf swing, the Chiropractic Association of Rhode Island acknowledges the need for flexibility and joint mobility in all parts of the body involved. Regular static stretching after a round of golf combined with strengthening all parts of the torso will help golfers improve their swing’s efficiency and mechanics along with an increased level of injury prevention.

One of the more seemingly insignificant tips for golfers may actually be the most valuable. Rather then bending at the hips and using the back to pick up a golf ball out of the hole or to put down a marker, the organization encourages golfers to bend at the knee to reduce the amount of stress placed on the back.

Overall, golf may seem like a sport with minimal physiological stress but it is actually quite the opposite. In focusing on strength, conditioning, and injury prevention, golfers can maximize their time on the greens.

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