today we are going to talk about something very popular in the golf world: the hips.
Many teachers, academies, golf magazines etc. keep insist that we have to start the downswing with the hips, not considering the age, physical condition, hcp or which shaft the player is using.
By my medical point of you, I’d like to tell you about the consequences of this theory and the health of the player.
To understand it better, we need to know that the shoulder and hip joint are similar on one hand but very different on the other hand; they are both composed by sphere and cavities that are articulated with each other but with opposite proportions.
The homer head is much bigger than the shoulder blade cavity which gives a lot of mobility but it is very unstable; on the other hand, the femur head is smaller than the hip cavity and consequently has more stability, but less range of movement.
Furthermore, being in charge of the static and walking posture, is supported by strong tendons, ligaments and big muscles, the gluts.
Due to our lifestyle (sitting many hours, driving, poor physical activity…) the hip joint hasn’t an healthy range of movement and the muscle chain that should support it, is very weak.
The golf swing is a very quick movement and quite often a violent one; in a short time, we have to be able to use the right muscles and managing the balance and coordination.
A lot of factors that increase the percentage of get injured!
Throughout my career, I have seen many inflammations, pain and dysfunctions on my hip’s patients-golfers of any ages and hcps.
To prevent or cure any injury around this joint, we need to prepare the hip in a functional way; the target is to improve the range of movement and the muscular coordination to achieve, in a short period of time, the right sequence of movement, stress free for the joint and its components.
From my experience as a Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor specialized in Golf, I propose you a sequence of exercises to get your hips healthier for a better golf. Don’t forget to check my You Tube channel for more videos and healthy tips.
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