Golf used to be seen as a leisurely sport, but the golf swing is a very athletic movement where the majority of the muscles in your body are working, either through movement or stabilisation. In addition, the distance golfers cover in a 18 hole round of golf can be up to 5 miles or more.
Due to the physical and repetitive demands of the sport, golfers can sustain injuries to the following areas:
- Lower back
- Shoulder (generally your leading shoulder in the golf swing)
It is important that golfers have good flexibility, mobility, power, strength and endurance in order to perform an effective and proficient golf swing over a course of 18 to 36 holes.
Some of the benefits of soft tissue therapy for golfers include:
- Assisting in the removal of waste products that accumulate in the muscles during a round of golf.
- Identifying trigger points and reducing adhesions in the muscles that can improve the fluidity of the golf swing.
- Improve joint range of motion through fascial release allowing for more movement to be produced during the golf swing.
- Reduce anxiety and stress levels that can be common in the lead up and during golf tournaments.
- Improve mental focus which is important skill to sustain during a round of golf.
Ideally golfers should have a massage every four weeks, but when playing in several tournaments that consist of 36 holes or more, they should be receiving treatment on a fortnightly basis.
Deep tissue massage should be avoided 48 hours before a round to allow for any soreness from the treatment to subside as this could affect your performance. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how regular your massage sessions should be to ensure you get the required benefits.