Wet Weather causes “Carrier’s Back”

Have you got “Carrier’s Back” too?

Carrying Golf Bag

Lately we have had an influx of golfers with bad backs due wet weather and trolley bans on a number of golf courses. Carrying your golf bag could be causing your back problems.

The past few weeks have seen an increase in golfers presenting to the clinic with bad necks and backs due to having to carry their clubs when they normally use a trolley.

Even though the double strapped bags are far better than they used to be, ensuring a better angle of the bag – stopping your clubs from falling out!, there is still a hefty weight just off centre of the spine, causing carriers to tip forwards and to the side in a number of cases. 

***Shameless BRAG Warning***

Obviously, Colmworth being a well drained course is still allowing trolleys. 😉

However, we understand these bans can’t be avoided on most golf courses at the moment, so golfers need to take care.

Here are a few tips to help:

  • Lighten your load – minimise the number of clubs and balls you take out with you.
  • Take care adjusting your bag straps – most bags now have two shoulder straps, make sure they are well fitted to your back to enable you to stand upright.
  • Be careful when you pick your bag up – most injuries occur when you lift and twist your bag into your back. Bend your knees and lift from your legs.

Or just join a club with great drainage, that rarely enforces a trolley ban and NEVER uses temporary greens!

If it’s too late for you and your back is already starting to ache or twinge then please give us a call.
A sports massage or osteopathy appointment can help to release tightness in your back and muscles, getting you back on the course in no time! 

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