Besides a passion for the game, what do most golfers have in common? At one point in their career, they’ve experienced some kind of golf-related pain or injury. One study has indicated that approximately 60% of all amateur golfers have experienced an injury while playing golf.
The golf swing itself is a complex, coordinated movement that at the moment of impact applies compressive forces approximately eight times one’s body weight. The most common sites for injury among amateur men are the low back (36%), elbows (32.5%), hands and wrists (21.2%) and shoulders (11%). Amateur women golfers have the greatest occurrence of injuries in the elbows (35.5%), followed by the low back (27.4%), shoulders (16.1%) and hands and wrists (14.5%).
To improve in golf, players need a golf training program that will produce the greatest results in the most efficient amount of time. With its focus on core strength, flexibility, stability and balance, Pilates is a great tool for conditioning your clients who play golf. This mind-body modality can improve a player’s golf swing and help prevent the types of injuries that plague both amateurs and professional golfers alike.
Golfers can use Pilates to not only avoid injury, but to improve their strength and distance. A Pilates conditioning program that assesses performance, lengthens tight muscles, decreases multijoint tightness and strengthens weaker muscles for power on impact will advance the game, prevent injury and improve general fitness.
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