‘How watching the Winter Olympics could improve your golf swing’
Ian Pollard, Soft Tissue Therapist; Sports & Remedial Massage for every situation
If you are avidly watching the Winter Olympics you might be enthralled by the grace and poise, or dynamism and power, of the athletes in their respective sports. All the action could be considered ‘beautiful movement’ when performed with such precision and control, and all the athletes require fantastic agility, balance and coordination to deliver the required performances to succeed to such a high standard.
The explosive push off down the Luge run has to be immediately matched by the most subtle movement whilst hurtling headfirst down the icy track; the curler delivering the winning stone with such precision is assisted by teammates franticly sweeping to help it on its way; the poise and beauty of the ice dance and figure skaters. Marked contrasts were clear to see, especially with the more obvious examples of physical robustness in the skiing and snowboarding events or those of the ice hockey and speed skaters.
As the top exponents of their sports, what can we learn from these Olympians; where’s the relevance to us in our daily lives, work and own recreational sports? What allows their precision and quality of movement is the elasticity and flexibility which is all too frequently overlooked. Fitness is not just about endurance, speed and strength - the traditional ‘huff and puff’, for these rely greatly on elasticity and flexibility within the body structures for efficient and effective movement. They give us the ‘functional’ platform to move well and help maintain us through injury prevention. What ties all this wonderful movement together are linked chains of muscle and soft tissue structures connected throughout the body. Working in unison they mobilise the body as a whole, whether we are aware of it or not, to facilitate our every movement and actions. It is all too common to see poor flexibility in over tight bodies impeding day to day movement.
So if we could move better, would that help us feel better in our daily lives? Would we cope better with our office or physical work; would we be less achy after a day spent gardening or walking the dogs over soggy fields? Releasing the tension in your body may help you improve your tennis serve, help you cope better with your HIIT session in the gym, or allow you to enjoy and progress your running (especially on long runs, half or marathon training). And for golfers, ask yourself the question: is it your grip, or actually your tight back that’s inhibiting your swing?
There are many ways to improve your movement, but doing so should be considered key to any fitness programme or activity you may choose. At The London Road Clinic we can help you move more comfortably and effectively for better performance at work, leisure and sporting activities. We offer a variety of therapies from fully qualified therapists who will be glad to help make the difference in your daily lives. We all too often see the uncomfortable effects of tight bodies, so if you’d like us to help with your own movement limitations please give us a call on 01963 251860. We might not get you to the next Winter Olympics, but we can certainly help improve your golf swing!