Preventing Golf Injuries

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Updated: 5/31/2012 7:54 am
With the warmer weather upon us, many of us are reaching for our golf clubs and heading for the nearest course, but before you hit that first tee, you should take a few minutes to warm-up and decrease the chances of hurting yourself.

Physical therapists say many golfers do not exercise before or during the season, which makes them prime injury candidates.

They recommend that before you play, you should walk a little bit to warm up. Then you should take some time to stretch your lower back, your hamstrings, and your shoulders.

After that, you can take your warm-up over to the driving range.

"That should limber you up enough to start hitting a small bucket of balls, just for a warm-up. You don't want to hit very hard. If you want to go through your whole bag, just hit a couple of shots with each club," said Jeff Sords, a physical therapist at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.

Sords says in between rounds you should continue doing some passive stretches to keep your flexibility.
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