Springtime is here and summer is coming sooner than we know it! It’s time to prepare ourselves and our bodies for outdoor sporting. One of these famous sports known for getting us out and about in the beautiful weather is golf. Golf is known as a relaxing sport, but there are still so many ways one can hurt themselves.
It does seem like a low-level physical activity but many injuries go documented when it comes to golf. Injuries can happen to many parts of the body, including the ankle, elbow, spine, knee, hip and waist. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 55,000 visits to the hospital emergency room for golf-related injuries last year.
There are many ways to go about preventing a golf injury. One of the most important steps to take before engaging in golfing is to stretch and do it properly. Stretching will allow your muscles and ligaments to loosen up and make them less prone to injury. A proper warm-up consists of a light exercise like a brisk walk or jog. In addition to proper stretching, making sure that you have strength in your core muscles is very important. If your core is not in good shape your body may over compensate leading to injury. Make sure that when you are golfing, you rotate your hips and your shoulders together. Avoid bending or hyperextending your spine.
Remembering to stay fit and engage in a proper warm up can help immensely before golfing. While playing golf, sometimes less is more, stay within your game and don’t try to do too much, this may even improve on your overall golf game and keep you out on the linx.
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