Golf Can Cause Back Injuries: A Chiropractor May Help

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.

The Brookvale chiropractor have treated a number of golfers for back injuries and are highly proficient in healing injuries of this nature. So, even if you have left your run for the Champion’s Tour a little late, they can help you, if you require a push or manipulation in the right direction.

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Golf Is Good For Kids

Is golf good for kids? It is, probably, the most difficult game or sport to master. Adults are regularly challenged and defeated by the demands of the game of golf. Golf for kids, and I mean children under twelve years of age, is best played with a light hearted approach; focusing on what the kid wants to get out of it. There are too many rules and protocols in golf for young children to suffer, unless of course they have a natural proclivity toward the game. There are kids who can concentrate for long periods of time and enjoy the challenge of four plus hours of competition with the course.

Most kids, however, do not, and I know myself from personal experience that you can turn your children off sports by getting too tense or just too involved. Early days are best spent mucking around and having some fun. The positives in golf at this most basic level are, firstly, the exercise of walking and swinging a club in the fresh air. Next, there is the interaction between players, whether friends or family; and this may involve some gentle competitive camaraderie. Smaller kids love the motorised golf buggies and this can be an opportunity for them to experience the basics of driving a vehicle; under the supervision of an adult. The buggies are pretty safe and apart from the time my ten year old daughter ran over the foot of my eight year old son things have gone quite well in this regard.

As children become teenagers, they may like to see if they can master golf in a more intensive manner. Hitting the golf ball as far as humanly possible is always a major attraction for young men. Women, actually, swing the club better than most men, simply because they are not hell bent on whacking the ball into tomorrow. It is much more instructive for amateur golfers to watch professional women playing the game for this reason.

Golf demands self-awareness and attention to detail, and these qualities can serve children and adults well in all aspects of their lives. Conditions like central auditory processing disorder can benefit from the meditative self-aware qualities inherent in a good golf swing. Golf also requires great integrity and sportsmanship, which again can serve all human beings well in their lives. To play golf well you must be centred and grounded in your physical body; not locked intellectually inside your head. Breathing and feeling your body is a healthy way to live life.

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The Anti-Ageing Properties of Golf

As you stride down the fairway, of what I call my Green Cathedral, you feel a certain youthfulness at the beginning of your round. Optimism abounds, inside of you, and outside, the sun is shining on green grass. The very colour green, is to my mind, a healing colour, there is a reason why things that are good for you, like broccoli, are green. Green is the fourth colour in the electromagnetic spectrum of light, and, of course, you want to score a four on the opening par four, first hole. The very word ‘green’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘grene’, which is from the same Germanic root as words like ‘grass’ and ‘grow’.

Green is also about chlorophyll, about plants photosynthesising sunlight into chemical energy, you cannot get anything more anti-ageing than that. Green is about giving life and about new life. Golf is played on the green, literally at times, and green things are all around you whilst playing golf; unless you are playing at Chambers Bay of course. I love golf because of the colour green, I admit it; green has always been my favourite colour. Even at school I was in the Green faction at every sport’s carnival and meet.

The anti-ageing properties of golf are fundamentally in golf’s greenness, with the colour of growth and goodness all around you on the course. Perhaps, as you dream of setting up your SMSF Melbourne franchising business, you will see yourself playing many more rounds of golf, free from money worries. In the United States money is green too! Many golf courses are tree lined with majestic green trees reaching up to the heavens; and despite the fallacy of trees being ninety percent air they are the sentinels inside my green cathedral. Golf is a sacred game, which originated in the Scottish coastal town of St Andrews; a university town named after a saint. God is in it up to his eyeballs when it comes to the game of golf; His name is regularly invoked by players on golf courses around the planet.

Fresh air and exercise, mental and physical concentration, these are the key ingredients for golf’s secret in keeping its adherents young. The friendly banter on the course between competitors, the respect for golfing etiquette, and the rules of the game, are all hallmarks of golf’s greatness. I don’t mind taking a divot because I will repair it from the sand bucket, which accompanies me for all eighteen holes.

I may not be as optimistic by the time I enter the back nine but I am stronger for not succumbing to the vicissitudes I have encountered during my round. In the words of a very famous golfer, Friedrick Nietzsche, “What does not kill you makes you stronger”, or words to that effect.

 

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