Golfers Back Pain Improved with Golf Fitness Exercise

Core exercises to improve golf performance are very popular these days. However it must be understood that these golf fitness exercise need to be performed without compromising the low back. This exercise focuses on gaining control of the stabilizing muscle through the lumbar spine. I must emphasize the word control. The core musculature is not designed to generate power but to control the forces that occur during violent motions such as the golf swing.

This exercise is called the bird dog, and its purpose is to teach control of the lumbar spine while moving the extremities. Move slowly and focus on control when doing this golf fitness exercise. Good Luck

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 24, 2010

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Does Your Golf Fitness Program Prevent Injuries?

With all the discussion regarding the health care bill being developed in congress, I have one thing to say…..it’s confusing. We certainly will not have a clear picture until after it is actually implemented. And who knows when that will be!

With that being said, I believe it is more important today than ever before to take responsibility and focus on our own health. I have always been an advocate of preventive medicine, especially after seeing thousands of patients move through the orthopedic physical therapy clinics I have worked in for over 15 years.

I have learned through experience that a lot of the orthopedic typed injuries that occurred on a daily basis could be prevented. In my profession we know this as a fact. So my question here today is, does your fitness program utilize preventive principles? Common sense in training can help with prevention up to a point, but what I am specifically referring to is exercise selection.

Exercise selection should be specific to each individual’s needs. We all function a little bit differently. In other words our body has specific problem areas that need to be addressed with corrective type exercises in order to reach optimum performance, as well as prevent overuse type injuries. For example in the golf swing you need to make sure you have good hip mobility and stability, along with good trunk control as the forces generated in the swing move through the body. Otherwise increased stress can occur in the low back, leading to back injury.

So I believe it is important to have a fitness professional that can asses your current physical capabilities and then prescribe appropriate exercises that will help address any problem areas. Staying healthy and injury free not only keeps you the golf course, but keeps you feeling good. So make sure you are doing the right exercises specific to your body.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 10, 2009

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Neck & Upper Back Pain In Golfers

Tightness and soreness in the neck and upper traps area is nothing new in most people. This soreness can occur in anyone and is often times seen in golfers. The cause can be variable but is usually posture related. It is common in individuals that sit at a computer or drive for long periods of time. What happens is the upper traps and neck region become overused and the muscles become tight and sore. This overuse is related to poor postural positions as well as problems with the way muscles are functioning. The middle back becomes weak around the shoulder blades resulting in the upper traps to work harder and become tight. This tension is also associated with shoulder function as well.

Here is a video of some upper trap stretches and some positioning exercises to help relieve the extra tension on those upper traps.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 7, 2009

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Tiger Woods Progressing Nicely

Tiger recently made comments about his progress in returning from ACL reconstruction.  He reports hitting full shots with his irons and is progressing on schedule.  He hopes to play a few tournaments before the Masters.

He notes his legs are stronger an the knee is feeling more stable.  In my experience with rehabbing knees, the ability to regain proper stability  is very important.  With proper rehab, mobility comes back pretty quickly (depending on the athlete) but it is knee stability that is essential in controlling the forces that are imparted on the knee during the golf swing.

Stability is just that, the ability to control the demands and forces that occur at a particular joint during activities.  That control needs to happen in all planes of motion, forward/backward, side-to-side and rotational.  I am sure he is training this stability in all of these motions.

So keep up the good work Tiger and we hope to see you in action soon!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on December 18, 2008

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Quick Tip for Golfers with Back Pain

I have treated a lot of golfers with back pain and this can be very challenging. The thing about back pain is that the cause can come from many different problems. So it takes a systematic assessment to help guide the exercise program.

I have personal experience with back pain and can tell you the one thing that gives me the most relief when I have a flare up is an exercise called the static back. It’s goal is to unload the spine and decrease pain and spasm. So anytime you have a flare of low back pain try this simple exercise. Good Luck!


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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 23, 2008

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