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Exercising for Golfers

By: Angela Howard Email
By: Angela Howard Email

Golfers can develop a number of injuries, including elbow, wrist, knee, shoulder, and back injuries. These are all common injuries affecting golfers. But Lisa Williams say there are some exercises you can do to help reduce your risk of injury.

EXERCISES

1. -- For back pain sufferers, you would want to perform lower back stretches such as the seated twist. This exercise is not a part of a pre-game warm-up, but should be used for continual conditioning. This exercise can also help a golfer improve his or her backswing and allow a better range of motion which increases distance.

To perform this exercise:
1. Sit up straight in a chair.
2. Use one arm and reach behind chair to rotate upper body.
3. Use the other arm to pull against the alternate leg.
4. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat on the other side.

2. -- To stretch the shoulder:

1. Grasp a golf club, crossing your hands.
2. The hand on the bottom should be facing palm up, while the other hand is palm down.
3. With the bottom hand, push the club up towards the top hand. You should feel the back of the shoulder stretching.
4. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat.

3. -- The final exercise is to stretch the wrist:

1. Hold your arm straight out in front of you.
2. With the palm facing down, pull the fingers down and towards the body and hold for 10 seconds.
3. Next, turn the palm facing up and pull the fingers down and back to stretch the wrist for 10 seconds.

*You would want to perform at least 3 repetitions for each exercise.
Finally, golf can be a good way to lose weight becuse gollfers who walk the course gain added health benefits.


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