Golf can put our spines under some pressure. Playing and practising too much, when your body is not fit enough, can lead to back injuries. Golf is a curious game and many of us approach it for the first time completely untutored. As red-blooded sporting men and women we would like to master the hardest game of all by ourselves. Not for me any lessons from the pro; I did it my way, thanks Frank. The crooners loved golf: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Sinatra love to swing in the green cathedral. But doing it my way, if it is the wrong way, is a quick way to end up in serious back trouble.
Golf can cause back injuries: a chiropractor may help you to alleviate them. But, before you end up on the slab, here are a few tips to avoid golfing based back injuries in the first place. When you take up the game for the first time get some professional help, don’t do what I did, and countless of others have also done, which is practising the wrong things for hours and hours. The thing about golf, is that you cannot see yourself swing the club, unless you are standing near a mirror. Out on the golf range, mirrors are rare as hen’s teeth; which is actually a design fault when you come to think about it. But, because you cannot see yourself and you don’t really know what you are doing, it pays to have a PGA professional observing you and guiding you.
Golf Can Cause Back Injuries: A Chiropractor May Help
Wouldn’t you rather spend your money on golf lessons than on chiropractic bills for a back injury? Even if it is not a question of spending money in the first place, but rather a reluctance to seek professional tuition, golf is not a one-man game anymore. Think about the best players in the world, and how many coaches, personal trainers, mental trainers, nutritionists and other ‘team golf’ members they have in their retinue. The days of Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino and doing it by yourself, are well and truly gone. Success is a team effort. Most professional tours have their own gyms and physiotherapy clinics on course for the benefit and treatment of competing players.
When it comes to golf, some say that we all have a shared disability, the fact that we are human and that golf demands something superhuman. Perhaps, that is why we are all then given handicaps. When you first come to golf as a beginner, you often feel less than able; and that in no way is meant as demeaning toward people with disabilities. In fact, experiences like this engender humility and understanding in those that have struggled through that phase as a ‘beginning golfer’. Learning something that is physically and mentally challenging, a skill that does not come naturally to most human beings, stretches our conception of what it means to be part of the human race.
Once you have passed through that humiliating initiation into the game of golf, and for some that can last anywhere between several months and a lifetime, you wish to help others when it is appropriate. For people with permanent and very real disabilities, golf is a challenging recreational pursuit. I have played with a one legged golfer, a one armed golfer, a virtually blind golfer and plenty of deaf golfers (I heard that, can you keep it down while I am putting). I have been amazed at how these people have overcome the limitations of their disabilities to proficiently play the game of golf. It has been an inspiration, those few times I have played with a disabled golfer; and I wish those shared experiences were more numerous.
Golf for People With A Disability
It is the gulf of separation between the disabled and the able-bodied members of our community that deprives me of those inspiring experiences; and often isolates disabled people within their own communities. Of course, I can do something about that, I can get out and track down the Disabled Golfers Association and get involved. What I really would like to happen, is that the barriers between able and disabled people are broken down and that we all begin to share in recreational pursuits among other things. Golf associations are making way within their charters for the inclusion of golfers with disabilities.
Disability services and activities are doing their best, I am sure, to bring these kinds of things about. Perhaps, we could all make a concerted effort as golfers to encourage those disabled people we know into the game. Making golf more welcoming generally is a good idea for the overall health of the game. I regularly play with golfers who are octogenarians, and that doesn’t mean that they have eight arms and legs, and I am amazed at the level of play in competition that they often produce. Golf is one of the few games that you can competitively play with people much older than yourself, people much younger than yourself and those of a different gender; it is a truly universal game. Including golfers with disabilities in that equation just makes golf and even better forum for humanity to interact and exchange experiences.