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09 Mar 2004

Sore Back from Golf
I went to the driving range on Sunday 7.3.04, which I haven't done for about 2/3 mths. My back started to get extremely sore half way through my bucket of balls (at about 30 balls), as well as my right thumb went numb. Last night (8.3.04) I soaked in the bath with Radox's Musle Soak bath salts and it has taken the pain away. It was so sore yesterday during the day that it was hard to sit up right... I just wanted to know if the pain is stemming from lack of the motion of the golf swing or if I need to build up my backs muscles so they are stronger...
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Vee

It is probably just a strain caused by the rotation movement when you were driving. Back injuries are pretty common among golfers, even the elite, who train hard to prevent them, and so it's not all that uncommon that someone playing for the first time in months would suddenly experience some pain - if you think about it, the swing involves a huge acceleration when the downswing starts, and the back really does take some strain.

As far as the future goes, the first thing is to make absolutely sure that whatever muscle damage, or strains were there are completely healed. I know that the pain has gone away, but perhaps give it a few more days of rest before you swing hard again. Then, there are some exercises that can be done - I'm not sure if you have access to a gym. if you do, check out the following site, where you can see some exercises to strengthen the back:

I think that perhaps more important is to warm up before hitting - you can do this by stretching, but also by taking a few easy swings, just to loosen up the back before you play. If you suddenly swing hard with a 'cold' back, it's a recipe for disaster. Here's a website with some stretches

Lastly, remember that of all the shots, the drive is most strenuous for the back. What happens a range is that you often hit about 30 balls at a rate of more than a ball a minute - this is really quite stressful, compared to golf where you can go for about 5 minutes between shots. So, at the range, even taking your time may help

Good luck

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