Golf Injury Prevention

The fairways are calling! Back, knee, elbow, and shoulder pains are some of the more common complaints among golfers. This is often related to poor mechanics, decreased trunk and hip mobility, or impaired strength of the muscles that support the shoulder girdle, spine, and hip girdle. An underlying condition such as a herniated disc, arthritis, or soft tissue injury may also be contributing toward symptoms. Our providers at ISM are here to help, offering the latest treatments for pain relief as well as physical therapy to improve your strength and mobility. Please discuss with your provider how we may help you if you are experiencing pain, but here are some basic tips to keep your spine and your swing healthy this summer…

(1) Always warm-up and gently stretch

  • Stretch the muscles of the upper trunk, shoulders, and hips
  • Hold stretches for 2-3 seconds and repeat for 10-15 repetitions
  • Hit a few balls at the driving range to warm up your swing action

(2) Basic Strengthening of Core Musculature 3x/weekly

  • Rows
  • Lat Pulldowns
  • Clamshells
  • Chops
  • Squat with Diagonal Lift
  • Quadruped Opposite Arm / Leg Lifts
  • Planks – can be modified
  • Shoulder External Rotation with Shoulder Blade Squeeze

You can see these exercises at
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For more information, please contact Michael Carrier, DPT CSCS at our Barrington office (603) 664-0100