Spring is in the air, and with any luck we will soon be dragging our golf bags out of their winter hiding places. While I too am eager to shake off the cobwebs and enjoy some spring golf, there are some important things to consider as we emerge from this long pandemic winter. With the closure of gyms, pools, fitness classes and adult recreational sports, most of us have likely spent the winter without access to our usual fitness routines. When you combine this with the non-ideal home offices (kitchen tables and couches), most of us have been working in for most of the last 12 months, it’s possible our fitness levels may not be what we are accustomed to. For those of us in the ‘north of 40’ age bracket, this loss of fitness will be further magnified and can be significant as we try to re-engage in a demanding activity like golf.
If your response to the previous paragraph was, “I’ll just use a cart”, I would like to present a couple of alternatives that will actually enhance your game and, wait for it… improve your level of physical fitness as well 😉.
As the season approaches, we need to focus on restoring strength, flexibility and agility. An important first step for many of us would be to check in with our physiotherapist or chiropractor for a pre-season tune up. The combination of factors I just listed will have most of your key muscle groups out of balance, and have shortened or lengthened the postural muscles, tendons and ligaments in your spine in ways that aren’t advantageous when you are swinging a golf club. These health professionals are ideally suited to help you identify any specific issues and give you exercises, treatments or a combination of both to make sure you don’t greet the coming season with a preventable injury.
If you prefer to try and handle things on your own, here are some things to consider:
I hope this article helps you get you and your round back into form without injury this coming spring. Remember to set reasonable goals as you return to golf shape and be patient with your progress. Have a great spring and an even better summer!
Yours in health, Dr. Denis ‘Fore’ Simons
Dr. Denis is Clinic Director and Chiropractor at Momentum Health Westbrook. Book online with Dr. Denis or anyone from the Westbrook team here
Dr. Denis Simons graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon in March of 2000, where he received several awards of distinction. Dr. Simons moved to Calgary in the spring of 2000. He owned and operated Penny Lane Chiropractic and Health in the downtown core from 2001 until 2006, when he joined the Advantage Health group of clinics. An avid and once competitive skier, Dr. Simons spent many years as a volunteer on the Lake Louise Ski Patrol and competed in several Big Mountain Competitions. For several years he enjoyed the opportunity to work and travel with the Canadian National Snowboarding team, treating several Olympic medalists along the way. His reputation consistently has travelling musicians and athletes requesting treatments as their travels bring them through Calgary. Dr. Simons continually attends seminars and courses to make sure he has the most current and relevant information and techniques. As a diversified chiropractic practitioner, he utilizes manual chiropractic adjusting techniques, home exercise, and various soft tissue and stretching techniques to help his patients achieve their healthcare and wellness goals. Being a part of the multi-disciplinary team at Momentum Health allows him to refer and co-treat with physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors and psychologists. As an OTZ trained chiropractor, Dr. Denis Simons utilizes new, groundbreaking chiropractic treatments for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (aka Adhesive Capsulitis). This new treatment approach is providing sufferers of FSS often immediate and dramatic results.