Warming Up for the Return of Golf
As fitness centers remain closed down for the time being and many group sports are put on pause due to COVID-19, summer-like weather has arrived. At the time of writing this blog, golf courses just re-opened, and many golfers were taking advantage of this opportunity. Golf became increasingly popular over the course of the pandemic in 2020, offering the chance to participate in recreational activity and socialize while maintaining necessary physical distancing measures.
With the opportunity to play golf returning, it is important to ensure you’re properly warming up, increasing circulation to large muscle groups, especially those involved in the game of golf.
Specifically, the hips, shoulders, and torso require sufficient mobility to perform an optimal golf swing. By performing certain exercises prior to hitting the golf course, golfers can experience improved mobility in these muscles and joints while reducing the risk of injury this Spring.
A Quick and Easy Pre-Golf Warm-Up Routine
Start off with some leg swings: hold a stable object, such as your golf cart, and swing each leg forward and backward and side to side. Always move in a comfortable range and try to keep your torso stable, doing the movement only with your legs and hips. Perform each movement 15-20 times before repeating it on the other side.
Next, do some torso rotations: place a golf club behind your shoulders/across your upper back and rotate from your torso, while keeping your feet planted on the ground. Rotate in each direction 15-20 times in a controlled manner.
Finally, stretch out your shoulders: grasp the golf club in both hands and extend arms behind your back to stretch the chest and front of your shoulders. Then, extend your arms over your head as far as you can comfortably. Hold both of these stretches for 5-10 seconds and repeat 5-10 times.
Once you’re all warmed up, you’re good to hit the links!
For more tips to Get in the game without the pain read our previous post on golfing here.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort with any of these stretches or while you play, or if you think you may have golfer’s elbow, consider consulting with a CURAVITA chiropractor, physiotherapist, or massage therapist. If you would like to book an appointment, contact the CURAVITA clinic closest to you.