Golf - Why Physiotherapy is Important for Golfers
Mainway physiotherapists are experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapists that can treat a wide variety of conditions and golf-related injuries.
Despite golf being a non-impact sport, it can be quite strenuous. The explosive nature of the golf swing can yield several different injuries. As most golfers – both casual and professional - are likely to experience golf injuries of some sort, regular physiotherapy is essential not only as a post-injury treatment but for injury prevention, as well.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Golfing Injury?
• Poor swing mechanics
• Previous injury
• Incorrect setup/poor posture
• Poor warm-up or no warm-up routine
• Excessive rotational stresses placed to the body
It is not unusual for golfers to hurt themselves even before stepping onto the course; this usually happens by lifting the power caddy out of the car or from carrying the bag. Amateur golfers typically suffer injuries due to poor swing patterns or aggravation of a pre-existing injury
What Are the Most Common Injuries in Golf?
Statistically speaking, the following are the most common injuries golfers suffer:
• Elbow pain
• Low back pain (accounts for over 30% of all golf-related injuries)
• Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
• Knee pain
• Wrist injuries
• Foot and ankle injuries
Does It Help?
How can Physiotherapy help with Golf-Related Injuries?
The initial appointment consists of a thorough assessment followed by diagnosis and the best possible treatment for that type of injury. Registered physiotherapists can treat a wide variety of conditions and golf-related injuries. Various treatment techniques such as manual therapy, soft tissue massage, electrotherapy and acupuncture can be used, and exercise will be incorporated into an individualized treatment plan.
Physiotherapy works wonders, however - for it to be effective, it needs to happen on a regular basis, especially in golfers that are active on the course.
One way to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place, is to make sure your body is moving well. In a pre-season golf assessment, the physiotherapist will look at the golfer’s overall functional mobility and strength for the actions they need in order to play. They will then create an individualized, golf specific strength and conditioning program, for optimal performance.
Mainway Physiotherapy offers specialized assessments and Injury rehabilitation for golfers. They are associated with the FITforeGOLF association of golf injury management and Titleist Performance Institute.
Andrew Hoermann, owner of Mainway Physiotherapy; has his degree in Physiotherapy, and CSCS certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Andrew is a member of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (C.A.M.T.). He has worked with the National Junior Boys Golf Development Team and for the Ontario Junior Golf Team for six years.
For more information or to book an appointment call - 905.332.3800
Location: 3532 Mainway, Burlington, On, L7M 1A8