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Swing away the pain this golf season Saint John NB

With summer in full swing, many Canadians are taking advantage of the warm weather and teeing it up on the golf course. However, the more time spent ...

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Swing away the pain this golf season

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(NC)-With summer in full swing, many Canadians are taking advantage of the warm weather and teeing it up on the golf course. However, the more time spent on the green, the more chance of getting golf-related pain and strain.

The most common golf pain and injuries occur in upper body joints (back, elbow, wrists, and shoulders) and soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons).

Here are 5 tips to help you stay pain-free this golf season:

1. Do Conditioning Exercises: By exercising the muscles you use most often in golf, you will ensure they stay strong and are not easily strained by hours on the course. Focus on strength / stability and flexibility exercises that work your core muscles - includes abs, back, and pelvis.

2. Always Warm-up and Stretch: Basic warm-ups like a 10-minute walk or core exercises will increase blood flow to muscles, which decreases stiffness and increases performance. Similarly, stretching before and after the game improves flexibility and reduces the potential for pain and injury.

3. Practice your Technique: Golf pain is frequently caused by problems in the swing such as poor mechanics, over-swinging, incorrect grip, and twisting of the spine. No matter what your golfing level, taking lessons every so often can help ensure you stay true to form.

4. Listen to your Body: If you are experiencing pain, listen to what your body is telling you and treat the symptoms quickly. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol or Motrin, can provide fast pain relief so that you can get back to your game. Warm baths or heat pads can also work to soothe joint pain.

5. Know your Limits: Even if you have a tee time booked, sometimes it's better to take a break than to push through the pain. If you are only a little stiff, try taking it easy and playing just nine holes, instead of the full 18.

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