Golfing and Back Pain
What does the research say about golfing and low back pain?
There have been a few studies that have looked at the relationship between golfing and back pain. One study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy in 2010 found that golfers who had a history of low back pain were more likely to report current low back pain and more likely to have missed playing time due to low back pain. Another study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2012 found that amateur golfers who swung the club with poor technique were more likely to experience low back pain.
It is important to note that while some research has suggested that golfing may be a risk factor for back pain, other factors such as age, physical conditioning, and underlying medical conditions may also play a role. For example, golfers who are in good physical condition and who use proper technique when swinging the club may be less likely to experience back pain. It is also essential for golfers to warm up before playing and stretch after playing to help prevent back pain. To learn more about how physical therapy can help golfers, click here
- Hwang, H. Y., Park, J. H., & Kim, K. H. (2010). The relationship between low back pain and golf performance in amateur golfers. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 40(4), 213-220.
- Lee, J. K., Lee, C. H., & Park, J. H. (2012). The effect of swing technique on low back pain in amateur golfers. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44(2), 323-328.
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