Hospital for Special Surgery is joining The PGA of America at the 73rd Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, MI. Pete Draovitch, Physical Therapist, provides the following tips to help prevent golf injuries:
1. Talk to your PGA or LPGA Professional: Your teaching professional can help you improve your swing efficiency and overall golf performance. They will assist you in developing a proper swing technique and the best swing motion for you to prevent injury.
2. Arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to warm up before play: Especially for those cooler mornings, give yourself plenty of time to warm up your muscles. Take a brisk walk in the parking lot to get the blood flowing, perform arm swings and body rotations to simulate the golf swing before you start hitting golf balls on the range.
3. 15 minutes of exercise a day can help prevent injuries: A simple 15-minute per day exercise program of strength, flexibility, balance and coordination can improve your body motion and ultimately improve your golf swing motion. This will allow you to play more and improve your overall posture.
4. To stay hydrated, drink plenty of water: A total of 6-8 ounces of water every other hole should be enough to keep you hydrated and help prevent fatigue and decrease in performance.
5. Walk even when using a cart: If you are required to take a cart at the course, take turns with your cart partner to walk either the even or odd numbered holes after both of you have gotten to your tee shot, if the play is moving well. If play is slow, take turns walking the entire hole while the other person drives the cart.
Stay tuned for more golf tips leading up to the 73rd Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, MI, from May 22nd through 27th. HSS is the Official Hospital of the PGA of America.