Don’t Let A Golf Injury Keep You Away From The Game
The golf swing puts tremendous stress on the joints of the lower back, hips and even the shoulders.
As many mature golfers anticipate the opportunity to play even more golf, they are confronted with the limitations of their failing bodies.
Driven to stay in the game, many are realizing the importance of golf conditioning.
With age comes a decrease in muscle mass, range of motion, body awareness (balance) and muscular endurance.
Tip: Golf is a sport that utilizes your entire body while you play. Using just your arms will not give you the same amount of power for your swing as using your whole body.
The good news is men and women older than the age of 50 can build strength and develop muscle at the same rate as adults much younger than them, according to a 1996 study conducted by Wayne Wescott, who co-wrote, “Strength Training Past 50”.
This is the time period that can make or break your future golfing life.
You may be surprised to learn that:
Tip: Work on the flexibility in your arms in addition to doing strength training exercises. Arm strength is important to your golf swing, but you also have to be able to move your arms easily in the direction you want your golf club to go.
* More than 60 percent of amateur golfers sustained one or more golf-related injuries over the course of their playing years.
* The above number was higher for players over the age of fifty.
* The average injury kept the amateur golfer off the course for more than five weeks.
* The highest percentage was the lower back, then the elbow,wrist,shoulder and so on.
The bottom line…take care of the most important equipment you’ve got… YOU!