Lower Back Injury and Golfing

Golf swing linked to lower back injuryThere are more than 28 million golfers ages 7 and up in the U.S., based on 2009 data from the National Golf Foundation. Golfing is growing in popularity and is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages.

According to researchers Dr. John Parziale and Dr. William Mallon published in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2006), thousands of golfers each year in the U.S. end up going to doctors due to a golf-related injury.

Golf Swing Plays a Role in Lower Back Injury for Golfers

Lower back injury is the most common type of golf injury. The golf swing plays an important role in lower back injuries and should be assessed to prevent injury. The stages of the golf swing from setup to follow-through influence the severity and risk of lower back injury.

Dr. Parziale and Dr. Mallon explain in their research: “The modern golf swing leads to greater angular displacement of the spine and is suspected of being a major source of injury for professional and amateur golfers.”

Treating lower back injuries in golfers often requires changes in the golf swing.

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