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Tom LaFountain

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People of all ages in any sport at some time will experience symptoms of pain, achiness, and stiffness. Other symptoms can occur and often people are unsure what to do. Some will use ice applications and possible rest while others will plough through until they cannot play their sport.

It would be helpful if you would consider three things when any symptoms develop and remain persistent for a few days.

1. How frequent am I playing and am I allowing my body to recover for the physical challenges I am putting on it. If you are playing 4-5 days in a row you may consider playing 2-3 days then taking a day off before playing again.

2. Do I need to start exercising or should I reevaluate my current exercise program. If you want to start some form of exercise it is always best to get an assessment from a chiropractic physician or physical therapist who specializes in sports medicine. Otherwise you can go on line and search for golf exercise books or golf exercises. Getting an assessment first is best however since it will specify what type of exercises you need.

3. If you have addressed both your frequency of play and exercise status and symptoms persist, it may be a good choice to be examined by a sports medicine specialist. If your body doesn't respond to the first two considerations over a 3-4 week period you may have a musculoskeletal condition that needs to be addressed.

Often when an athlete has symptoms that become nagging they are unsure what to do. Combine this with a reluctance to stop playing the sport they love and a fear for what they might find out they may be tentative to act. This is a basic guideline to head you in a positive and effective direction before things become chronic and debilitating. It also gives you a chance to understand the demand your sport has on your body and evaluate your preparation.


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