Tips to Avoid Pain When Playing Golf

By: Dr. Edward Shin, BSc, BEd, DC, Sep 11, 2019
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Toronto Chiropractor, KIROMEDICA Health Centre, Toronto ON, Playing Golf

Pain Shouldn’t Be Par for the Course

Get the right fit:

Playing with clubs that don’t fit can hinder your game and cause you pain. Consult a pro to ensure your clubs are the right height, are made of a material appropriate to your arm strength, and have the right grip for you.

Take lessons:

The right swing technique can do more than just improve your game; it can also spare you plenty of unnecessary pain. Working with a CPGA professional is a great way to learn the basics.

Warm up and warm down:

Take a few minutes to stretch before and after your game. Start with a brisk walk, and then do some light stretching.

Push, don’t carry, your golf bag:

Pushing or pulling your bag and taking turns riding in a cart can help you prevent a back injury. If you prefer to carry your clubs, use a double-strap carry bag that evenly distributes the weight.

Choose the right shoes:

Wearing a golf shoe with good support and the proper fit can prevent some knee, hip and lower back pain.
Drink lots of water: Dehydration can cause fatigue and increase your risk of injury. Water and juice are ideal refreshments. Drinking alcohol depletes the body’s fluids and can lead to stiff muscles and soreness. Pain shouldn’t be par for the course

Dr. Shin graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2008 with a 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He earned his Bachelor of Science with Honours in the Life Sciences and Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in 2002 and 2003. He is currently in private practice at KIROMEDICA Health Centre a multidisciplinary clinic located in Toronto. Dr. Shin has been in private practice in the Toronto area since graduation and makes this his home.

His area of specialty focuses on spinal health along with physical medicine & rehabilitation.