Osteoporosis exercise: Can I safely play golf?

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Osteoporosis exercise: Can I safely play golf?


I have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Is it safe for me to continue playing golf?



You should be able to play golf if you have osteoporosis. The key is playing with optimal technique to reduce stress on your spine.

Ask a golf professional to assess your golf swing to make sure it's as good as it can be. You may also need an exercise program specific to your needs that will help optimize your swing. For example, tight hip muscles can prevent you from rotating properly during your swing, which places extra strain on your spine. Specific exercises can help improve flexibility in your hips and prevent some of the other problems associated with osteoporosis.

Golf can be a great activity that provides beneficial exercise for most people with osteoporosis — especially if you walk the course instead of taking a cart.

Last Updated: 09/11/2006
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