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The Tour Report

February 2 2012

10:10 AM

Fitness: How to avoid back injuries

By Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness

Research provided by the American Sports Medicine Institute indicates one out of every two golfers will incur a lower back injury due to golf at some point during their playing careers. Empirical evidence indicates the reasons behind this high incidence of injury to lower back center upon physical limitations and inefficient swing mechanics. Studies suggest the shear forces placed upon the lower back increase exponentially when the biomechanics of the swing are inefficient and require the golfer to create compensations within the phases in the swing. These compensations result in what is termed repetitive movement trauma, and over time this type of trauma can cause injury to the body. Secondly execution of an efficient golf swing where stress is minimized on the body requires certain levels of joint mobility, flexibility and muscular strength. If the body is lacking in any of these aforementioned physical components, the ability to execute a biomechanically efficient swing will most likely be limited. This type of situation will again lead to the development of compensations thus causing the body to be stressed at high levels which again can lead to injury. The processes by which the golfer can assist in the prevention of injury are two-fold. Improving the efficiency by which the golf swing is executed will reduce the amount of stress placed upon the body. This is achieved via proper instruction from a qualified instructor and practice. Secondly, the introduction of exercises to improve one’s levels of joint mobility, flexibility, and muscular strength to develop a physical foundation within the golfer’s body to execute a proficient golf swing. This type of training can eliminate the physical dysfunctions impeding ones golf swing and reduce the potential for injury.

To learn more about Sean Cochran and his golf fitness training exercises and programs go to http://www.seancochran.com.

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