Health Tip: Get Fit For Golf
-- Even when playing golf, you can injure your elbow, spine, knee, wrist or hip if you don't warm up before you take the first swing.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests these exercises:
- Grab a tennis ball and squeeze it for five minutes to exercise the muscles in your forearm.
- Do some wrist curls with a light dumbbell, bringing the dumbbell down to the fingertips, then lifting it to the palm. Then lift the weight another inch or two by curling the wrist. Repeat 10 times for each arm.
- Put your palms down flat in front of you, and use your wrist to move a dumbbell up and down. Do this 10 times for each arm, being sure to support the arm with the other hand at about your elbow.
- Use rubber tubing tied around an object at shoulder height. Pull the tubing to your chest, then extend your arms. Repeat 10 times for each arm.
- Using the rubber tubing again, kneel down and pull the tubing from over your head down to your chest as you bend your elbows, then release. Repeat 10 times.
Posted: January 2011