Golf is a sport that doesn’t require the amount of athleticism usually needed when you’re dealing with a sporting event, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get injured by taking part. Golf is a sport that is based off of momentum and velocity, but people are still going to throw their backs out trying to hit the golf ball as hard as they possibly can. It’s all about technique for the most part, and the quicker you learn that, the quicker you’re going to prevent injuries. The number of golfers in the United States is astounding, it’s definitely one of the more popular games with around 30 million different people taking part every single year. Although that’s good for the game of golf, it can be troublesome if you’re a chiropractor. We know that golf is an “old man’s game”, and we also know that the older you get the weaker your bones and ligaments as a whole tend to become. Back problems can arise when you’ve been playing golf for too long, or simply just don’t have the right swinging mechanics set in place.
The way you actually conduct your swing can determine whether you’re putting yourself at risk or not, if you aren’t swinging properly and with the right technique you’re going to injure yourself eventually. Make sure your body is balanced throughout the entire swing, and don’t try to put too much power into it (that’s probably going to lead to you cutting the drive anyways). Poor posture will also play a part in your potential golf injuries, as well as not being that flexible. The action of the swing is short and quick, so flexibility and technique needs to be perfected in order to prevent injury.
Injuring yourself during a game like golf can mean bad news for the future, because back injuries have the potential to linger for a long period of time (or even the rest of your life). A chiropractor is only going to be able to help so much, so help yourself by trying to avoid these injuries in the first place. We’re all competitive, but being so competitive to the point where you’re injuring yourself in a game like golf is just silly. It’s supposed to be a quaint game you play with your friends on the weekend, not a deadlifting contest to see who can tweak their back more.
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