G.U.R. - Golfers Under Repair

Spinal Golf Injury Rehabilitation

Your Back and Golf

Most golfers, at some time, will either suffer a back injury or will be restricted in playing golf due to back or neck pain.

Good posture and spinal mobility are essential, not only to improve back swing and follow-through in golf, but also to help prevent spinal and musculo-skeletal injuries e.g. disc lesions, muscular strain, joint stiffness, etc.

Here is a simple self-test to see if your back is at risk when playing golf. See what you get out of thirteen.

Is your back at risk?

Tick Box Previous occupational and domestic injuries that are aggravated by golf
e.g. prolonged sitting in a car or at a desk, poor seating at home, gardening and/or poor lifting technique.
Tick Box Prolonged bending in golf practice.
Tick Box Prolonged practicing.
Tick Box Weak muscle groups related to golf e.g. abdominals, glutei and hamstrings.
Tick Box Predisposing pathology, e.g. arthritis, disc lesions, history of back pain.
Tick Box Excessive forceful movements during "follow-through stage" of the swing.
Tick Box Constant flexing and straightening up after taking your shot.
Tick Box Picking up practice balls without bending your knees.
Tick Box

Slow competition e.g. prolonged standing while waiting for the group who is playing the hole in front.

Tick Box Incorrect lifting, assembling and handling of golf buggy and golf bag.
Tick Box Repeated twisting component involved with "back-swing" and "follow-through".
Tick Box Most importantly, not carrying out preventative stretches prior, during and after playing golf.
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Have not had a lesson for several months from your Golf Professional. This ensures safe and effective technique.


  • 8 - 13 High risk
  • 4 - 7   Danger zone
  • 1 - 3 Be aware

How Many Times are you in a "Stressed" Flexed Position while Golfing?

Tick Box Driving your car to the golf course
Tick Box Assembling your buggy
Tick Box Putting practice
Tick Box Teeing up the ball
Tick Box Checking your ball in "four ball" competition or in the rough
Tick Box Selecting clubs from your golf bag
Tick Box Pushing your buggy (especially uphill)
Tick Box Repairing pitch marks, filling up divots with sand or filling sand bucket at the sand pit.
Tick Box Searching through your golf bag
Tick Box Lifting up practice balls.
Tick Box Getting the ball out of the hole
Tick Box Lifting your clubs and buggy in and out of the car
Tick Box Excessive putting practice without getting up to stretch
Tick Box Bashing buckets of balls with no breaks (results in muscle fatigue and increased risk of injury).


  • 9 - 14 High risk
  • 4 - 8   Danger zone
  • 1 - 3 Be aware

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For further information on this subject contact

Introduction | Objectives | Benefits | Upper Body Golf Injury Rehabilitation
Spinal Golf Injury Rehabilitation | Coaching Meets Rehabilitation
Golf Preparartion & Training | Posture and Body Types
Golf Rehabilitation and Asian Clinic

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