Guest post by Dr. Lauren Mueller of Streamline Performance Physical Therapy
Are you tired of your back acting up during or after your golf rounds? Golf involves repetitive movements with substantial power behind them. When was the last time you spent 4 hours doing the same movement after a week of not doing anything similar? Probably not often (or…. every time you get out there on the golf course.)
Core and glute strength are huge in not only improving your “power” and overall functional strength, but also decreasing your back pain! Training throughout the week will better prepare you for your sport. The stronger your core and glutes are, the more protected and resilient your back will be. Incorporating functional rotational and power movements, as well as pushing and pulling exercises, into your gym routine is crucial.
If rotation is bothering your back when you play, your core stabilizers might be too weak to control the high velocity of your golf swing. Then the starting point is core and glute stabilization. Think straight/flat spine exercises where your core/torso are resisting movement with an exterior force placed on it. You have smaller muscles along your spine that work very hard to keep us upright.
Try these anti-rotation exercises:
Try these core stabilization exercises:
Incorporating these exercises into your weekly routine should not only help decrease your back pain while playing, it should also make you stronger and a little better! Win, win here!
To further delve into the topic and discover additional ways to improve your condition, we offer a FREE e-book on glute strength. Download it today and take the next step towards a pain-free and stronger golf game!
Learn more about Streamline Performance Physical Therapy at www.ptstreamline.com, by calling 602-888-9348 and following on Instagram @streamlineperformancept.
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