Core Muscle Activation and Activity Throughout the Different Phases of the Golf Swing: A Literature Review

Loock, Henriëtte V. MSc; Grace, Jeanne M. PhD; Semple, Stuart J. MTech, PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 5 - p 1–15
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182a5601b
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ABSTRACT: THE GOLF SWING REQUIRES SPECIFIC MUSCLE CONTRACTION. THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY IS TO COMPILE A STRUCTURED LITERATURE REVIEW OF CORE MUSCLE ACTIVITY WITHIN DIFFERENT PHASES OF THE GOLF SWING. A LITERATURE SEARCH WAS CONDUCTED TO CAPTURE ALL ARTICLES APPLICABLE. A DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS WAS UNDERTAKEN. THE SEARCH RESULTED IN 150 ARTICLES, 59 OF WHICH MET INCLUSION CRITERIA; 16 WERE CONCERNED WITH CORE MUSCLES WITHIN DIFFERENT PHASES OF THE GOLF SWING. AVAILABLE RESEARCH IS LIMITED TO SPECIFIC MUSCLE GROUPS AND ONLY ADDRESSES CERTAIN PHASES OF THE GOLF SWING. NO DATA PORTRAYS THE ACTIVITY OF CORE MUSCLES DURING DIFFERENT PHASES OF THE GOLF SWING.

Department of Biokinetics and Sport Science, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Henriëtte V. Loock is a lecturer in the Department of Biokinetics and Sport Science, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Zululand.

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Jeanne M. Grace is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biokinetics and Sport Science, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Zululand.

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Stuart J. Semple is an associate professor in the Department Head of Biokinetics and Sport Science, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Zululand.

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