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The importance of core strengthening for golfers

Spine Stabilizing Muscles in Golfers (article in German)

Sportverletz Sportschaden
June 2000 Volume 14, Number 2

Rucken- und Fortbildungs-Zentrum (RFZ) am Institut fur Pravention und Diagnostik, Regensburg.

Study Outcomes & Clinical Relevance:

Golfers have highly significant stronger lumbar extensors and show muscular imbalance in lateral flexors and rotators of the spine. Specific training for wellbalanced strengthening of spine-stabilizing muscles seems to be advisable, because muscular imbalance can contribute to the development of back pain.

Golfers with healthy backs should be tested for bilateral torso rotation strength disparities, and such differences should then be minimized through progressive resistance exercise. A golf conditioning program should include a rotary component that can both test for and address truncal strength asymmetry.