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Article Title: Oh, My Aching Back!
Author: Sean Cochran
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Are you an individual who is suffering from a lower back
Is your lower back stiff and sore when you get out of bed in
the morning? Or, heaven forbid, are you one of many individuals
that has undergone back surgery?
Probably everyone reading this article has experienced a lower
back problem at some time or another in their lives. They are
no fun, can be very debilitating, and when it comes to golf,
they certainly won�t help lower your handicap or drive the ball
I would like to share with you an e-mail question that I
received from my website www.bioforcegolf.com. Our BioForce
Golf family member stated: �I am a �mature� individual and
suffering from lower back disc problems. They are not to the
point that requires surgery, but they do limit my ability to
play golf.� His e-mail continued to describe his lower back
issues and ended with a question: �Would someone like me
benefit from your lower back exercises, or would they
exacerbate the problem?�
Before answering this gentleman�s question, let me give you a
little background information. BioForce Golf has a golf fitness
manual available titled Your Body & Your Swing. In this manual,
there are many exercises to assist in improving your golf game.
Two stated goals exist for the exercises in this program;
number one is injury prevention, and number two is performance
improvement. Fairly self-explanatory in terms of their stated
goals. Realize even the slightest injury will hurt your golf
I replied to this e-mail with a resounding �yes.�
The exercises in our program will help you with this type of
low back disc problem.
Let me explain how exercises for the lower back can assist you.
The lower back is comprised of countless muscles, skeletal
structures, and fibrous structures. The fibrous structures are
in the form of discs and other types of cartilage. Injuries to
the body have what I call a �three tier effect.� If the body is
overstressed by any activity like swinging a golf club, lifting
heavy boxes, or even typing on a computer, the overload on the
body (amount of work performed by the body) will affect the
muscular system first. This can be in the form of muscle
soreness, tightness, or a slight pull. If I lift too many heavy
boxes or swing a club too many times, my muscles are the �first
line of defense� to injury.
If I continue to perform this high workload level and ignore
what my muscles are telling me, my second line of defense kicks
The �second line of defense� is my cartilage and ligament
structures (i.e. discs in the lower back).
How do you know if you are suffering from a second tier
Indicators are inflammation, tears, or bulging of a lower back
disc. Usually this is when folks go to a doctor. If you are
reading this and this paragraph hits a chord, I strongly
suggest seeking counsel of a physician.
Finally, if the workloads still continue at a high level,
without any intervention, the skeletal structure will be
affected. This can be in the formation of bone spurs or stress
An example of such a situation is the formation of bone spurs
commonly found in a pitcher�s elbow or the degeneration of
lower back structures in a golfer.
To stop this injury cycle, or help in the rehabilitation of a
current problem, I strongly suggested you first seek
professional medical attention. This will assist in the
diagnosis and proper treatment of the injury.
Exercises can help rehab a golfer in such situations if
implemented correctly and under supervision of a qualified
The best way to prevent an injury is to Prehab. Prehab
exercises, as they are often called, develop high levels of
muscular strength and endurance to �handle� the workloads
placed upon the body. This can assist in preventing an injury
that begins the cycle described above.
Now, if you are a golfer that is already �walking down the
path� of a debilitating injury, our goal is to help you reverse
Again, seek professional medical attention and be under
supervision throughout the process if you have suffered a
problem. If you are starting a new golf fitness program to help
with your prehab, seek professional guidance to help minimize
the risk of injury.
The cycle can be reversed by unloading the skeletal and
ligament structures and placing the loads upon the muscular
structure. Let me explain using the example from above.
For example, if a person is in a situation where his muscular
structures are �overloaded� and his discs are taking the brunt
of the work, every time he swings a club, bends over to line up
his putt, or picks up his ball, the discs are screaming �ouch!�
My goal, if I were his trainer, would be to start a series of
exercises that would strengthen the muscles of the lower back,
resulting in the stresses being taken away from the discs. Once
the muscles are strong and have high levels of endurance, they
can handle the �workloads� placed upon the body during golf or
Over time, the exercises would alleviate the stress on the
discs, get this individual out of �pain,� and restore them to a
higher level of activity.
In a nutshell, to prevent injury you must develop the muscular
strength and endurance to handle the workloads placed upon your
body everyday. If you are an avid golfer then I would strongly
suggest starting a golf-specific fitness program. This will
help you to prevent an injury resulting from the stresses
placed upon your body during repetitive golf swings.
Secondarily, a golf-specific fitness program will help you
dramatically improve your performance on the course.
About The Author: Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized
golf fitness instructors in the world today. He travels the PGA
Tour regularly with 2005 PGA & 2004 Masters Champion Phil
Mickelson. He has made many of his golf tips, golf instruction
and golf swing improvement techniques available to amateur
golfers on the website http://www.bioforcegolf.com.
Sean, you can email him at support@...
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