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The most common injury to the recreational golfer is low back sprain caused by the way the body is turned during a golf swing. By practicing these tips, you can minimize your chances of injury and may improve your game.

  • Strengthen the abdominal muscles by doing abdominal crunches or partial sit-ups.

  • Do chest stretches, toe-touching and straight leg raises to keep the lower back limber.

  • Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early and take a brisk walk to get the blood flowing.

  • Stretch by holding a golf club in two hands above your head and reaching down to touch the tops of your shoes. Then, hold the club behind your back and try to rotate slowly in one direction then the other.

  • Take a few swings on the practice tee to fully loosen your back and shoulders before playing.

This information is not a substitute for consultation with a personal physician.

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