That golfers would have muscle imbalances should be no surprise as golfers generally swing for power in one direction. According to the the translated study below golfers have highly significant stronger lumbar extensors and show muscular imbalance in lateral flexors and rotators of the spine. This imbalance can increase the likelihood of back pain. The imbalance can be corrected with just a little bit of the right exercise and the right exercise equipment. All it take is a few minutes a week to avoid months of chronic back pain.
At our personal training studio in Austin
and our personal training studio in New Orleans
we have the same equipment used by golfers on the PGA tour. The equipment MedX rehabilitative and exercise equipment was developed by Arthur Jones
(inventor of Nautilus). MedX equipment is the most tec
hnologically advanced fitness, sports and medical/rehabilitation equipment available. On one machine alone, the lumbar exercise machine, Jones reportedly spent 100 million dollars on its development. Pictured are just three pieces of MedX equipment that are used to increase golfer's core strength and flexiblity. - MedX rotary torso, MedX lumbar, and MedX stretch.
Exercise on this equipment is highly effective an
d need not be done often - more time for fun stuff like golf. You can lessen muscular imbalances, increase strength and flexibility. The result is less likelihood of injury and increased club-head speed and distance.
Sportverletz Sportschaden 2000 Jun;14(2):55-8
[Spine stabilizing muscles in golfers]
[Article in German]
Weishaupt P, Obermuller R, Hofmann A.
Rucken- und Fortbildungs-Zentrum (RFZ) am Institut fur Pravention und Diagnostik, Regensburg. RFZ.
Although golf is perceived as a sport with low risk for injury, majority of golf players complain about problems along the spine. One possible reason could be poor physical condition. To see if golf players in general show deficits in spine-stabilizing muscles, twenty-three male golfers without back pain were examined with regard to their maximal isometric strength of trunk muscles. They were compared with persons of same age and constitution that do no sports. The Golf players have highly significant stronger lumbar extensors and show muscular dysbalance in lateral flexors and rotators of the spine. Specific training for well-balanced strengthening of spine-stabilizing muscles seem to be advisable, because muscular dysbalance can contribute to the development of back pain.
Clinical Relevance: Golfers with healthy backs should be tested for bilateral torso rotation strength disparities, and such differences should then be minimized through progressive resistance exercise. A golf conditioning program should include a rotary component that can both test for and address truncal strength asymmetry.