It is becoming increasingly evident that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses - including Heart Disease, many Cancers, Alzheimer's disease, Chronic Pain, Allergies, Parkinson’s disease, and Cardiovascular disease.
It’s the morning before your big round with the boys and you can feel it coming on, your back feels stiff, it’s already starting to tighten up, you can’t swing like your normal self, and you are already getting frustrated.
Ankle Mobility and Knee Stability plays a larger role in the golf swing than people may realize. Swing faults often arise from ankle mobility problems that get blamed on other joints in the chain like the knees or hips.
The hip joint is inherently one of the most mobile and stable joints in the entire body. The hip is a ball and socket joint where the femur meets the pelvis, and the stability is provided by the depth of the socket and the ligamentous structures surrounding the hip.
Treating the Golf Athlete’s musculoskeletal pain is often complicated by a number of factors. By nature, golf is a very repetitious sport and the golf athlete is a highly motivated person that genuinely enjoys their sport.
The great thing about the game of golf is it allows us to play into our later years of life, and is a game for all ages and all athletic abilities. One of the greatest rewards of my job is when a client comes in and says he's playing without pain or finally hitting the ball farther because they can “move a lot better”.
Leaving The Past Behind Us: Previous thoughts on exercise routines for sports performance in athletes have mainly been based on the gradual increase in weight and max output, aesthetics of the athlete, and the hypertrophy of muscle mass.
Inflexible hips are the most common problem I see in people. Tightness prohibits full range of motion through the hips when swinging a golf club, decreasing speed and power. Rotation in the hips is one of the most important keys to an efficient golf swing.