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Avoid Rotator Cuff Pain to Make All Your Days Enjoyable on the Course

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on January 14, 2014

Avoid Rotator Cuff Pain to Make All Your Days Enjoyable on the Course

9-time major champion, Gary Player, is known for his regimented workout routines. He started lifting weights at a time when it was considered harmful for golfers. He recently turned 78 years old and still looks great. He was even featured baring it all in ESPN's annual body issue. It must be the thousand sit ups and crunches he does everyday.

But there is one specific area Gary makes sure he includes in every one of his workouts. He believes an injury in this area can end ones career.

Can you guess what it is?

If you said the rotator cuff, you're correct. If you're wondering why it's so important to focus on this area, it's because the shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body. But it's also the least stable because it's mainly just a ball and socket.

Weak muscles and stiffness cause many golfers to try to pull through and force a shot instead of unwinding and firing the club through the hitting area. The pull is usually a hard, jerky move and constant repetition or hitting too much of the ground can cause injury and sideline you for a long time.

Rotator cuff injuries usually happen with the longer clubs such as the driver. But they can also happen with the shorter clubs if you're trying to hit out of heavy rough. For a right-handed golfer rotator cuff tears often happen in the left shoulder. That's why it's important to workout both rotator cuffs to balance out the body.

How do you know if you've injured your rotator cuff?

If you have pain when you try to hold your arm out in front of you or over your head, it's very possible you've injured your rotator cuff. With the same arm you felt the pain in, try taking your hat off and placing it on your head again. If this simple action hurts, then you should stop playing and see a doctor immediately.

If you're trying to recover from a rotator cuff injury, our physical therapists and chiropractors can help you recover faster and improve your shoulder function.

Of course, the best way to avoid any of this and keep playing for years to come is to stretch and do some simple exercises to keep the shoulder muscles strong and supple.

Bottom line is, don't let Rotator Cuff Pain stop you from enjoying the course. Sign up for our exercise videos or contact us today for a free golf fitness consultation with Dr. Lank, a Nike and Titleist Golf Performance Specialist.

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