There are an estimated 25 million golfers in the United
States, and with the recent surge in the sport's popularity,
that figure should exceed
27 million by the end of the year. It is also estimated
that more than 50% of people who golf regularly will develop
chronic low-back problems at some point in their lives.
You're probably familiar with the modern golf
swing -- it emphasizes an exaggerated backswing and follow-through.
Amateur golfers are routinely taught that rotation of the
body (at the hips) is needed to maximize club-head velocity
and hitting distance. However, studies have demonstrated
that a shorter, more compact swinging motion is not only
much more effective, but also generates far less potential
for spinal injury.
Golf injuries are surprisingly common considering
the non-contact nature of the game. Ask your chiropractor
about the specifics of a more appropriate golf swing, and
get the facts on how an improper swing can place unnecessary
stress on your low back and spine. Following your chiropractor's
advice can help you avoid injury... and it may even make
you a better golfer.
Seaman DR. Back pain in golfers: etiology and prevention.
Journal of Sports Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, June
1998; vol. 12, no. 2, pp45-54.