Leonardo da Vinci once said that “in addition to being a work of art, the human body is also a marvel of engineering.” It is most evident when we look at the golfer.
As we look at golfers & the ability to generate maximum torque around a single axis, while standing on two feet, it is amazing more golfers don’t sustain significant injuries. Especially when we consider that joints like the knee have minimal to no movement allowed in the transverse plane. So why then do golfers end up with so much knee pain?
When we take a step back and look at the entire kinetic chain we realize that rotation SHOULD come at the hip. However, with todays lifestyle (sitting too much) the body adapts and we loose the ability to rotate at the hip. So the body begins to look elsewhere for this movement. It will either look north to the low back or south to the knee.
Being able to look at the entire kinetic chain and critically analyze the body as a whole unit is vital in identifying exactly what AND where treatment is needed. By working on the hip & giving both internal and external mobility back, we often see the issues with the knee and low back go away. I tell our athletes “if you let the hip do the hips job, the back to the backs job and the knee just do the knees job, a lot of time the system will calm down and you don’t have pain. However, if the knee has to carry the load for both the hip AND the knee, it will get overworked and you’ll end up with pain.”
This is why we must look at the entire kinetic chain to find the root cause of injury when dealing with a golfer. Identifying where the athletes is most biomechanically inefficient will allow us the opportunity to discover the ‘why’ behind the injury and not only treat, but also prevent future injuries.