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Golf Injury Handbook

Golf Injury Handbook
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On-the-Course Health Hazards

The Back

The Senior Game

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The Back

Back injuries are the bane of a golfer's existence. They are the most common golf injury, mostly due to overuse. The rotational forces on the back from the golf swing are equal to more than eight times normal body weight and can affect the back's bones, discs, ligaments and muscles. The amateur golfer who plays sporadically without proper warmup and with poor swing mechanics can suffer muscle strains, disc problems, a cracked back and arthritis.

Classic vs. Modern Swing
The golf swing itself can lead to back problems. In the Classic swing, the backswing follows a flat swing plane, with hips rotating almost as much as the shoulders. On the followthrough, the golfer's body ends up in a straight up-and-down "I" position.

The Modern swing relies on a lightly coiled body to store power for maximum club head speed at impact. This swing ends with the golfer's body in a reverse "C" position with hands high and right shoulder lower than the left shoulder. It's more powerful, but much more stressful on the back.

If you are prone to back problems, make sure you have the proper swing mechanics to prevent problems by consulting with a golf professional. If you have chronic back problems, learning the Classic swing will often be all you need for relief.

Golf Injury Handbook
Find out more about preventing back problems with stretching, flexion, and extension exercises in the Golf Injury Handbook.

$14.95 Paperback · 172 pp.
ISBN 0-471-24853-3

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