October 6th, 2010 by Kristofer Anderson
Every winter millions of Americans put their clubs away and wait for the snow to melt before hitting the links again. This winter take the time to do a little cross-training to get in shape for next season. Lower back injuries are the number one issue with golfers. Whether is an imperfect swing or poor conditioning it is very easy to create major problems. Luckily it is possible to greatly reduce the risk of injury by getting into proper shape this winter.
Aside from hitting the gym there are some things you can do in your home to help you stay injury free next year. Stretching daily is possibly the most important. When people become inactive during the winter months muscles tighten and greatly increase the risk of pain and discomfort during strenuous activity. By starting yoga or a similar stretching routine you can stay limber.
Another major issue with golfers is torn disks. This happens when the vertebrae compress and damage the disk. This can be extremely painful and last forever without proper treatment. An inversion table is a great way to easily keep you back in functioning form. They are inexpensive and easy to use. Start at 20 degrees or so and work your way up to 45 degrees. In order to be effective you must use them for 20-30 minutes at a time. By using these methods this winter you will be ready to hit the links at first thaw.
As always consult with your healthcare professional before starting any new workout, exercises or treatment.