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Lower back pain? How to prevent it

Updated: Apr 1

The repetitive nature of the golf swing, coupled with the rotational force placed on the spine can put significant strain on your back. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can employ to prevent and alleviate lower back pain.

Understanding the causes:

Before delving into prevention techniques, it's crucial to understand the root causes of your lower back pain. The golf swing involves a complex sequence of movements that engage multiple muscle groups, including those in your lower back. Over time, poor swing mechanics, inadequate warm-up routines, and muscular imbalances can contribute to increased stress on your lumbar spine.

Tips for preventing lower back pain:

  1. Warm-up properly: Prior to hitting the course, you should use your dedicated time for a thorough warm-up routine. Dynamic stretches and exercises that target the muscles used in the golf swing can help prepare the body for action and reduce the risk of injury. If you would like an extensive warm-up routine, click the link here

  2. Focus on flexibility: Maintaining flexibility in the muscles surrounding your lower back is essential for preventing pain and promoting proper biomechanics during the swing. Incorporate stretching exercises for the hamstrings, hip flexors, and thoracic spine into your regular fitness regimen. If you would like a mobility routine click the link here

  3. Strengthen the core: A strong core provides stability and support to the spine, reducing the strain placed on your lower back during the golf swing. Incorporate exercises such as planks, bridges, and rotational movements to strengthen the abdominals, obliques, and lower back muscles.

  4. Practice proper swing mechanics: Seek guidance from a golf physiotherapist to ensure that your swing mechanics are sound. Poor technique can exacerbate lower back pain and increase the risk of injury. Focus on maintaining a neutral spine position, engaging the core, and executing a smooth, controlled swing.

  5. Use proper equipment: Invest in equipment that is suited to your body type and swing mechanics. Ill-fitting clubs and footwear can contribute to biomechanical issues and increase the likelihood of lower back pain.

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Are you ready to take your game to the next level? My clients typically have a pain reduction of 45%, a 25% gain in flexibility and a loss of 2.25 shots off their handicap.

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Pro Will Zalatoris has battled with lower back pain - Credit to Sporting news


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