Imagine running a half marathon, you’re just over the halfway point and out of nowhere a pain shoots from your lower back down to your hamstring. You can barely walk, let alone run another step. It doesn’t make any sense, you’ve been slowly training for months, what is going on? How did you just all of a sudden hurt yourself at mile eight when you ran close to a hundred miles during your training
The engine in your car dying because you didn’t put oil in it isn’t the problem, it’s the result. Had you performed some basic maintenance on your car it likely would still be on the road in full working order. Consider that situation but apply it to the context of our bodies – we go to the doctor with a problem. Often by the time you’ve been diagnosed with your problem, it’s too late. Here are a few worst case scenarios – you’ve had low level back soreness, some occasional numbness and tingling and stiffness that you ignored for several years, recently it got so bad that you couldn’t bend over to tee up your ball, so you went to the doctor and found out that you now have a severely herniated disc that may require surgery. Or, you’ve been running through knee pain for as long as you can remember, but recently it got so bad that you can’t get out of your car without severe, sharp pain – you go to the doctor and x-rays show that your years of bad mechanics have worn a hole through your kneecap, also known as arthritis or bone on bone.
An injury isn’t when the problem started, it’s when it got bad enough that your body is trying to completely shut that area down due to a severe threat to the system (aka – our body).
We’ve all seen that guy at the gym doing 100 pound arm curls and arching his back to do them. This is an easily identified example, have you ever thought that walking with a loss of ankle mobility can be putting extra stress on your back with every step you take (sometimes upwards of 10,000 reps per day?). Both of these situations can cause issues, one is easy to identify and one is more subtle.
The body is designed to let you perform movements even when you don’t do them properly – from an evolutionary perspective it’s a survival thing. You may be able to perform a task incorrectly for years without your body waiving the white flag. The day your body finally gives in can be dictated by a myriad of factors like genetics, training volume, lifestyle, movement quality as well as diet.
Here are some signs that shouldn’t be ignored:
- Loss of motion/tightness/stiffness – remember, this includes simple movements. LIKE all humans should be able to touch their toes…
- Loss of force – are stairs more difficult to climb, can you get on and off the ground…?
- Swelling – this may be at the joint, or it may manifest as an increase in ankle swelling following a day of standing or sitting
- Numbness/Tingling – again not only at the site of the issue, a neck problem can give you symptoms into your neck, shoulder, arm, elbow and/or wrist/fingers
- Pain – the last point and often the breaking point. Enough said.
We are in this business because we care and truly want to see you move, feel and play better. Across generations each year we tend to gain a few more pounds and move a little worse. We aren’t okay with that. Get in touch with us at Pure Golf Performance – during your first session you will get a full body movement screen that will identify your areas of dysfunctions that are leading to any compensations in your movement patterns, from there we will build a program around your needs and goals to get you moving, feeling and playing better golf.