Second Article in our Series!

Last week, we covered “what is GolfThritis” and how to know if you have it.  This week we are going to discuss more about how can you improve your GolfThritis.  And as we explained last time, at Oliventures, we suggest taking a natural approach in the solutions.  But, we also have the science and data behind what we say.

The Apparent Paradox of Stretching

A quick Google search of “best golf stretches” reveals what many think are the best stretches for golfers.  But are they?  The number one response is from Golf.com with the “5 best Golf Stretches” and even Healthline.com weighs in with a longer list of the “9 best golf stretches”.

Recent research in the area of stretching and high performance athletics have focused on the benefits and possible detriments of two types of stretching: dynamic stretching and passive or “static” stretching.  Dynamic stretching focuses on a natural movement which warms up and stretches the muscles and joints. Static stretching involves performing a motion or stretch and then “holding it” for some period of time (10 to 30 seconds for example).

Dynamic stretching is more similar to the sports motion or activity – like easily swinging a golf club 20-30x before actually taking a hard swing on the ball.  Dynamic stretching actually warms up the muscles, excites them and improves your power, muscle memory and your coordination according to doctors at the Cleveland Clinic.

Recent research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research indicates that passive or static stretching may hurt your golf game!  After 20 minutes of static stretching, subjects were instructed to hit 10 full speed golf shots with a driver.  Club speed was slower (-4%), ball distance was less (-5%), and accuracy was down dramatically (-34%) vs. those subjects who had been doing a dynamic warm-up with their clubs!  This research supports what the Cleveland Clinic is teaching their golfing patients.

So is static stretching bad?  The experts say “no” – but it may be best reserved for after-play relaxation, similar to a warm down in yoga for example.  So we recommend to stick with those stretches that use your clubs.  For example 20-30 gentle swings with the your drivers increasing the range of motion gently across the swing.  Also doing windmills with the club with a bent waist – which are also called  “scarecrow” twists.

So What Else Can Improve Your GolfThritis?

As we reported last week, inflammation from joint wear or even certain foods can also cause a dramatic difference in your range of motion.  Autophagy is the body’s natural response and repair mechanism for the cartilage between the bones in a joint.  Broken, or dead cell tissue in the cartilage has no bloodflow and relies heavily on the process of autophagy.  Autophagy reduces and “recycles” complex molecules (including broken or damaged chondrocytes) into smaller more simple molecules to be used by the body.  For joints, the most common signs of chronic inflammation are pain, swelling and loss of motion.  Inflammation is a natural – and usually healthy response to stress or damaged cells in the joints.  But when inflammation from certain foods overwhelm the body (such as saturated fats, fatty meats, corn oil, gluten, etc.), chronic inflammation can become the source of many serious diseases.  One of these such diseases is osteoarthritis.

But olive fruit polyphenols in high concentrations such as polyphenol-rich olive oil, or high polyphenol olive supplements can help promote the autophagy process.   Golfers interviewed by this writer reported “natural relief” from inflammation and joint pain from the combination  of an olive fruit polyphenol supplement (hydroxytryrosol, tyrosol and derivatives), curcumin and black pepper extract found in OliPura Joint® by Oliventures®.   He takes two capsules a day and is back to morning golf now with no pain.*

But Wait!  There’s More…

For more on how you Can Improve Your GolfThritis™ – keep focused on our blog series this month.  And for more information about our all-natural, and pure olive fruit polyphenols for reducing inflammation in the body see OliPura® Joint here.*

 

. * Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

 

References

“Therapeutic Effects of Olive and Its Derivatives on Osteoarthritis: From Bench to Bedside”  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5691677/

Cleveland Clinic on Dynamic Stretching: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/understanding-the-difference-between-dynamic-and-static-stretching/

“Acute effects of passive static stretching during warm-up on driver clubhead speed, distance, accuracy, and consistent ball contact in young male competitive golfers” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19387392/