By Anne-Marie Pier, Chartered Physiotherapist.
Around 40 per cent of amateur golfers sustain injury while playing, according to a Harvard Medical School Study, the most commonly affected body parts are the back, closely followed by the elbow.
The back, especially the lumbar spine is susceptible to large amounts of stress throughout the game of golf. This can be from a number of sources including the motion of the swing and the hunched position that many amateur golfers adopt while putting. The repetitive one sided twisting nature of the swing, which is repeated between 30 and 50 times during a game (depending on your ability) puts stress on the lumbar spine. Picking up the bag to move onto the next shot can also place stress on the lumbar spine.