Putt Safety First – 5 Exercises for A Successful Golf Season
It’s that time of year again: the days are longer, sleeves are shorter and there are a lot of people itching to play on the grass. That’s right, it’s golf season. For some, golf is the best sport there is and for others who just don’t get it probably don’t understand how demanding golf can be on the body. Today, Medrehab wants you to join the club by sharing five physiotherapy exercises to do before a round so you can have a long-lived, healthy golf season. These exercises place an emphasis on the arms, shoulders, back, and pelvis as golf tends to be strenuous on these particular parts of the body. However, warming up other extremities is important as well.
Standing Hip Stretch: Using a ledge or flat surface for assistance with balance, cross the right ankle over the right knee. Bend the left leg creating a 90-degree angle with your pelvis parallel to the ground. This should stretch the hip and pelvic area. Repeat on the other side.
Standing Pelvic Tilts: Begin with both feet hip-width apart. Tilt the pelvis back by arching the spine and then reverse the stretch by tilting the pelvis forward. Return to neutral spine between poses. Repeat each pose ten times.
Shoulder Stretch with Club: Grab the club with both hands at shoulder width apart and straighten both arms above the head. Gently reach the club behind the head keeping your head forward and arms straight. Hold the stretch for five deep breaths then return to neutral spine. Repeat as needed.
Neck Stretch: With both shoulders down, try to touch the right ear to the right shoulder without assisting it. Let gravity do the work and hold it for three deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Leg Swings: Using a ledge or flat surface for assistance with balance, place the supporting hand on the surface and the other on the hip. Gently kick the leg furthest away from the supporting surface forward and backward. Repeat five kicks in each direction and on the other side.
Practice these five exercises before a round and you’ll be getting those hole in ones in no time! And if you don’t at least you had an excellent warm-up that will keep your body happy and healthy this golf season. Want help with these stretches or are currently suffering from a previous golf injury? Medrehab is a physiotherapy clinic that can help. With services like back pain treatment, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy, we can help you become the healthiest version of yourself. Come by one of our clinics in the GTA today!
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