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Q: How can I avoid injuries while improving my golf game?

Posted May 15, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Many avid golfers contort their bodies into oddly twisted postures, generating a great deal of torque. Couple this motion with a bent-over stance, repeat 120 times, add the fatigue that comes with several miles of walking, and you’ve got a good workout — and a recipe for potential lower-back trouble. The ACA suggest these simple measures to help you avoid back pain and improve your game:

• Purchase equipment that fits. Don’t try to adapt your swing to the wrong clubs. Take lessons. Learning proper swing technique is critical. At the end of the swing, you want to be standing up straight; the back should not be twisted. Wear orthotics. These custom-made shoe inserts support the arch, absorb shock, and increase coordination. Avoid metal spikes. They tear up greens and can increase stress on the back. Soft shoes or soft spikes allow for greater motion. Warm up before each round.  Pull, don’t carry, your golf bag. Carrying a heavy bag for 18 holes can cause the spine to shrink, leading to disk problems and nerve irritation. If you prefer to ride in a cart, alternate riding and walking every other hole — bouncing around in a cart can also be hard on the spine.

• Drink lots of water. Dehydration causes early fatigue, leading you to compensate by adjusting your swing, thus increasing the risk of injury.

Chiropractic care can help. Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system. They can provide advice for golfers to help them decrease the stresses and strains placed on their bodies. They can also address other health concerns, such as shoulder, knee, arm and wrist pain that could affect your game.

Information provided by Williamson Chiropractic, 206 S. Main St., 986-9189.

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