Experiencing Lower Body Injuries in Golf
According to the American College of Sports Medicine ankle injuries account for nearly half of all sports injuries. Ankle mobility and stability shouldn’t be overlooked in any sport, golf is no exception. Experiencing lower body injuries in golf such as having tightness or discomfort in your low back, knees, and/or hips likely means that your ankles have some movement dysfunction.
Lower body injuries in golf are common among those whose:
- Feet are flat
- Toes overlap
- Feet collapse inward
- Feet have an inward rotation (Pigeon Toe)
- Feet have an outward rotation (Duck Feet)
- Or multiple of these tendencies
The ankles and feet are the human bodies direct connection to the ground. If the ankle has a limited range of motion, lack of stability, or balance issues, the lower body will take on the majority of the stress. Therefore, if ankle dysfunction is never addressed, the athlete will be more susceptible to an overuse injury and poor golf swing tendencies.
Golfers are at high risk for improper function of the ankles, especially those that sit at a desk for most of their day. If you look at the sequencing of the golf swing, the ground is used to generate power and as mention before, the foot and ankle have direct contact with the ground. To prevent lower body injury in golf you need to have a mobility and stability at the point of contact with the ground, the base for producing power in the golf swing. It is of the utmost importance that mobility and stability of the ankle is not ignored. Without good ankle mobility and stability many swing faults, such as, loss of posture (standing up), lateral movement (swaying or sliding), and over rotation (too much backswing), can occur throughout the swing. At AMPD we identify ankle limitations in our assessment and put a high emphasis on ankle care and creating a solid base for the demand on the ankle that the golf swing creates.
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Schellenberg, D. (2015, October 28). Improving From the Ground Up: How the Function of the Ankle and Foot Influence Your Swing. Retrieved June 6, 2018
Seedman, J., Dr. (2017). How to Strengthen Your Ankles and Feet to Improve Performance and Prevent Injuries. Retrieved June 6, 2018