Playing Golf Without Hurting Your Back

Playing Golf Without Hurting Your Back

Dr. Daniel Green Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Daniel Green, orthopedic surgeon from Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, sharing some of his expert advice on Sports Medicine and what to expect when your daughter starts playing after school sports.

We’ll be bringing you a variety of questions and answers he has provided to us, but feel free to ask him a few of your own! We’ll get him right on it!!

Here’s the next question!

My son/daughter wants to start golf this year, like his father, but back problems run in our family. Are there any ways we can try to prevent that?

Getting in shape is key. Preparing yourself for a new sport is very important. If you’re going to start golf in the spring, start hitting some balls in the winter and start doing core exercises, working on core strength and flexibility, before you’re out there doing weeks of golf camp. Part of injury prevention is maintaining strength. In general, we don’t look at back pain as having a strong genetic component. In terms of adults, up to 40% of golf players in one study reported injury, usually related to lack of conditioning and poor swing mechanics, but this percentage is much lower in children.


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