Do You Golf with Lower Back Pain?

What’s the most common injury among amateur golfers?  No contest.  It is lower back pain.

Let me ask you… Do you know what you’re doing in you’re golf swing?

  • 63% of novice golfers are reported to suffer from back pain
  • 30% of professional golfers are playing while injured
  • 60% of those who were injured during golf still report being troubled by their injuries

Even at the professional level it is a close second to left wrist injuries.  You may be asking yourself, why don’t professional golfers suffer as much from lower back pain?

The answer is that professional practice much more which makes them susceptible to over use injuries such as tendonitis of the wrist.

Professionals also have better biomechanics which decrease the amount of stress placed on the spine.  The amateur population suffers greatly from a lack of flexibility and stability in the body.

This lack of flexibility and stability increases the chances of developing lower back pain.

If you come in for an TPI assessment, I can break down where you have these  limitations.  Your ankles, knees, hips, lumbar spine, T-spine etc.

3 Reasons for Back Pain

  • S-Posture
  • Early Extension
  • Reverse Spine Angle

The term reverse spine angle refers to a listing of the spine to the left (for a right handed golfer) at the top of the back swing.  The spine will also go into extension or you will see the golfers head lift up as he goes into his backswing.  This position at the top of the backswing will create a biomechanical problem for the body.

In this position it is hard for the abdominals to fire effectively to stabilize the torso and lower back.  In order to get back to the ball most amateurs will compensate by excessively bending to the right which, not only prevents a proper weight shift but also causes compression of the joints in the back.  When the golfer forcefully rotates their upper body we create a recipe for a bad back.

Before you go ice your back give me a call! lol!

Chad Nelson, FMS, BS
Titliest Performance Institute
CHEK Golf Biomechanic

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