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Cat_Cow- The Pelvic Tilt Test is a great test for overall mobility of the hips and the lumbar spine and a player's ability to control the position of the pelvic posture. The ability to move and control the position of the pelvis is critical for optimal power transfer from the lower body to the upper body during the golf swing.

Begin by setting up into a normal five-iron set-up posture with your arms across your chest (hands resting on shoulders). Once the starting position has been established, tilt the pelvis anteriorly or forward, increasing the arch in the lumbar spine. Once this move is accomplished, tilt the pelvis posterior or backward, removing the arch from the lower back. Proper execution of this test will yield a forward and backward tilting of the pelvis with minimal leg/knee movement and limited upper body forward and backward movement.

Physical Causes of Limited Pelvic Tilt

Lumbar Spine Mobility

     If the backward/posterior tilt is limited, then we can look at the lumbar spine mobility as a possible cause for the limitation. Lumbar spine degenerative disc disease, joint arthritis, or other disc pathologies can all limit lumbar spine mobility.

Lower Crossed Syndrome

     The most common reason for limited pelvic tilt in both directions is a Lower Crossed Syndrome.  Due to the tight hip flexors, tight erector spinae, weakness in the abdominals and weakness in the glutes, the player has a tough time performing a posterior tilt.

Poor coordination

     We classify this as a coordination issue if the range of motion is acceptable, but the quality of the movement is suspect. This usually presents itself as a shaky or choppy movement that we call “shake and bake”.  If “shake and bake” is present, there is usually a disconnect between the brain and the pelvis, or a lack of training involved. Most people do not train for this motion, so the brain is not used to such a task. 

Dr. Nick Curry is a chiropractor that is also certified through the highly esteemed Titleist Performance Institute as a medical, fitness, and junior golf wellness professional.  He is the owner of Integrative Health and Sports Performance in Bellbrook and serves at the Team Chiropractor to Wright State and Miami Universities.  To Visit their Website or call 937-848-8500
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