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Fitness Friday: A quick fix for low-back pain

Lower-back pain is perhaps the most common problem for golfers. While the reasons you might feel pain down there can range from a bulging disc to a narrowing of the spinal column (stenosis), it's most often a soft-tissue injury (tears, inflammation, etc.).

fitness-friday-back-pain-300.jpgA key reason for this pain is an overuse of muscles that aren't strong enough or functional enough to handle the loads placed on them during a typical round of golf. This is especially true if you sit for the majority of your day and aren't overly active. "The core muscles do two things when you swing," says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@ben_shear). "They stabilize the body and they rotate the trunk." But if the lower back lacks stability when you swing, it can eventually produce injuries to muscle fiber and/or connective tissue.



While acute pain is all the notice you need to go see a doctor, minor aches can be prevented in the future with some exercises that focus on activating and strengthening the core muscles, particularly around the lumbar spine. Watch Ben and Baltusrol Golf Club's new director of fitness, Joe Yoon, demonstrate a great exercise you can do in the gym or even in the living room to help prevent future lower-back issues.

Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.

Follow @ronkaspriske





(Illustration: Getty Images)

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