Preventing Golf Injuries

May 29, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 29, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM EDT

(Cleveland Clinic) The weather has been great for golfers. It has many of them reaching for the clubs and heading for the nearest course.

But before you hit that first tee, you should take a few minutes to warm-up because believe it or not, it's not hard to pull or strain a muscle during a round of golf.

Jeff Sords, physical therapist at the Cleveland Clinic says, "It tends to be muscular or soft-tissue strains because golf is such a high
velocity, rotational sport. If your body is not in condition for that, you're
going to tweak something."

Many golfers do not exercise before or during the season, which
makes them prime injury candidates.

Before you play, experts say you should walk a little bit to warm-up.

Then you should take some time to stretch your lower back, your hamstrings and your shoulders.

After that, the experts say you can take your warm-up over to the driving range.

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