G.U.R. - Golfers Under Repair
Spinal Golf Injury Rehabilitation
Golf Injuries - Cause, Effect & Management
By Sandy Jamieson, PGA Professional and Ramsay McMaster, Physiotherapist
The Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic has assessed and treated over 5000 golfers and this article outlines a template that doctors can use in their own practice to identify the cause, effect and management of golf injuries or patients who are unable to participate in the sport of golf as a result of predisposing injuries
When analyzing different golf groups, from club players to amateurs to club professionals and tour players, it is clear that each sub-group is more susceptible to specific injuries.
This short article is to increase awareness in the sports medicine professionals and physiotherapists about the causes of golf injuries as a result of: -
It is widely known that many medical professionals participate in the sport of golf. Therefore, from our experience we shall discuss the common golf injuries incurred, and their cause, effect and management. Outlined are two doctors who attended the clinic, one with a lumbar spine disorder, and the other with tennis elbow. We have taken them through a golf specific musculo-skeletal and video screening.
62 year old male doctor – 28 Handicapper (right handed)
Subjective and Objective Summary:
Lumbar Spine: Lx 2- 3 Lumbar spondylosis
Swing Faults / Misconceptions:
The modern golf swing is sign posted by a quiet and stable lower body with the majority of the body's rotation force coming from the torso. Stiff or frozen lumber spine reduces the golfers ability to obtain the rotation needed to produce consistency and power simply.
Golfers with this condition tend to make up for the lack of spinal range by over active arm and hand actions or over active lower bodies or both. These golfers tend to lack consistency and distance.
In many cases these golfers have what is known as a reverse pivot whereby their weight moves toward the target on the backswing and away from it on the downswing.
A result of this pivot is the "Crunch Factor" at impact as the body struggles to get into some sort of effective alignment.
Common Points of Reference in regard to weakness in the Kinetic Chain:
Common Physical Management:
Common Technical Management – Coach's Advice:
The key to improving golfers with lack of lumbar spine rotation starts with massage, mobilisation and stretching.
This then moves on to golf specific movements where lower body rotation is restricted and the golfer is encouraged to try and create extra spinal rotation.
As a result of this a proper pivot action should start to occur where by the golfers weight will move away from the target in the backswing and towards it in the downswing.
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