Neck Exercises & Stretching

By Michael Hinckley
It's important for golfers to stretch and exercise the neck area properly, as it is commonly prone to injury.
It's important for golfers to stretch and exercise the neck area properly, as it is commonly prone to injury.

Neck injuries often strike golfers; the combination of fast swings and neck positions can damage the muscles and soft tissues and make golf painful. In order to combat these pains and prevent further injury, it's important to stretch and exercise your neck properly. With some tips, you can recover from a painful neck injury and get back out on the course quickly.

Medical Advice

As with any exercise program, engage in neck stretches and exercises under the guidance of a medical professional or physical therapist, especially if recovering from recent injury.

Backward Rotation

With your hands at your sides, shoulders squared and your chin level with the floor, place your left ear on your left shoulder. Slowly rotate your head around backward until your right ear is touching your right shoulder, then return to the beginning position. Repeat 10 times, then reverse direction.

Chin Tucks

With your shoulders squared and your chin parallel to the floor, slowly lower your chin to your chest. Slowly raise your chin back to the starting position and repeat 10 times. For additional stretching, you may place your hands, with fingers interlocked, behind your head.

Shoulder Shrugs

With your shoulders squared and your chin parallel to the ground, raise you shoulders in a slow shrugging motion. Rotate your shoulders back, down and forward in a circular motion while keeping your arms limp at your sides. Complete 10 circuits and then reverse for 10 more circuits.

About the Author

Michael Hinckley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in US history from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Arts degree in Middle East history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hinckley is conversant in Arabic, and is a part-time lecturer at two Midwestern universities.

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