Year round conditioning for golfers to help prevent injuries

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(KTVI) - Most don't think about the kinds of sports injuries golfing can cause. Mike Markee, Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at St. Louis University, joined FOX 2 Monday morning to talk about year round conditioning for golfers to help prevent possible injuries.

Three Tips:

1. Warm up and keep moving
There can be a lot of down time in golf, and so it takes deliberate focus to keep moving. Stretch before, during and after the game.

2. Strengthen the core
Golfers use the muscles closest to the spine, including hip and shoulder muscles. This is where the power comes from in your golf swing, and, likewise, a weakness in your core can lead to an unbalanced swing, with some muscles compensating for others.

3. Develop good body mechanics
Golf`s main injury risk comes from the repeated motions of the swing. Working with a pro to learn to swing properly can help you reduce forces on the spine due to twisting and rotating and ensure that you are not developing bad habits that can take their toll on your back, shoulder and elbow.

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