Altvater: Improve flexibility and avoid injuryWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
You have been lying on your couch for the past three months, eating way too much, and basically hibernating. You have been watching the professionals on television for a couple of weeks and are starting to get the itch to swing your golf clubs that have been gathering dust amid the clutter out in the garage.
Not so fast, my friend. You are not as young as you once were. Some of those youthful, supple muscles are now more like tight rubber bands. Aches, pains and injury will accompany unwise aggressive lunges and untidy golf swings.
You might want to consider engaging in some easy stretching and flexibility exercises before you try releasing your inner Bubba Watson and that 300-yard golf swing.
Watch this short video with some simple stretching exercises that will help you be more flexible when you hit the first tee this spring:
I want to thank Matt Schultz, physical therapist from Heartland Rehabilitation Services of Maumee for taking the time to share his knowledge and spend the time to help us complete this video.
Even if you are a little older and your six-pack abs more closely resemble a pony keg, these are easy exercises that can help increase your core flexibility and create a wider, more complete swing.
Stretch out those old bones, get flexible and remember, “Chicks dig the long ball.” I’ll catch you on the “Back Nine.”