June 13th, 2013

Health N' Sports: Improve Your Golf Swing

Staff Report


Health N' Sports: Improve Your Golf Swing
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic: Rotator Cuff Injuries and Golf

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. 

On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Rotator cuff injuries are common in golf due to the force and stress put on the muscles through the swing. The rotator cuff is a part of the shoulder that helps to stabilize the entire shoulder and arm through movement. When golfers are swinging at the ball, especially when they swing hard, there is a high level of tension put onto the rotator cuff. Over time, rotator cuff injuries can pop up and be a pain for a golfer.

Lower Arm Rotation

When swinging the club, avoid rotating the club and turning the wrists through at impact. While it is essential to have the face square at impact, it is important to try to develop a swing with less movement when rotating through the ball.

Slower Swing Speeds

It is important to slow the swing when having rotator cuff problems. Most golfers swing too hard, and slowing the swing would benefit their games. Distance is greatly determined by contact, and with a slower swing it will increase solid contact and put less stress on the rotator cuff.

Relax

Many people tend to strain while swinging the golf club. It is important to be solid with the club but not strain down and through the swing. This can lead to pulls and tears in the rotator cuff as well as any muscle involved in the golf swing. Keep a smooth, relaxed golf swing.

Shorten the Backswing

To help lower stress on the rotator cuff, shorten the backswing. Shortening the backswing relieves stress that is put on the shoulder when a golfer reaches the maximum rotation in the backswing.

Exercise

Rotator cuffs are naturally not very strong and it is essential to strengthen them as much as possible. Create a workout regime to help strengthen the rotator cuffs and at the same time create a more powerful golf swing.

-Tom Mooney, P.T.-



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