I’m not sure if youhave heard about this, but Tiger Woods recently dropped out of a golf tournament because his butt shut down.
If you don’t believe me, lets have Tiger explain things:
When I heard this, all I could think about was a very cheesy song from my high school days…
Now Tiger didn’t “Blame It On the Rain”.
He “Blamed It On His Butt”.
Should Tiger Blame It On His Butt?
With all of the lower back issues that Tiger has had over the years, yes he can blame it on his butt.
It is very common for people that have back pain, to have issues with their butt or more specifically, their gluteus maximius.
This is called gluteal amnesia and I conducted a previous interview with David Weinstock where he talked about this in detail.
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What Should Tiger Do About His Butt?
#1 – Exercises That Help with Butt Pain
Here are three….
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Simply doing more exercises is not the solution. He also needs to do the next 5 things.
#2 – Exercises That Target The Gluteus
Here are 6 exercises that will help….
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#3 – Three Keys to Muscle Stability
I talk about this a lot in Muscle Imbalances Revealed, but he needs to work on the three keys of muscle stability which are very important for an injury, injury recovery and preventing re-injury.
This is working on the activation, endurance and strength of a muscle. Especially the muscles around the back.
#4 – It is More Than Just The Gluetus Maximus
Tiger needs to work on more than just gluteus maximus. He need to work on his gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, internal rotators of the hip, external rotators of the hip and his core muscles.
Just focusing on one muscle will leave the others weak and not help with recovery.
#5 – Try to Stay in Position of Low Load of Stress
When you move from lying on your back, to standing, to standing bent forward and then finally to sitting, there is an increase in the load in the spine.
Since he is a golfer and needs to play golf for multiple hours, he is in the standing and standing bent forward position a lot. This put a lot of stress on the back.
Since he travels all over the world, he also spends a lot of time sitting. Sitting on the plane. Sitting in the car. Sitting at meetings.
Doing what he can to decrease the stress on his back will help with his pain and back pain recovery, but with his work and profession, it will be challenging.
#6 – Realistic Expectations
Tiger is dating 30 year old skier, Lindsey Vonn, while he is 39 years old.
With most professionals sports, Tiger would be near the end of his career. Since he is a golfer, he can continue playing for as long as he wants as a professional.
Tiger may have peaked in his 20s while many other golfers peak in their 30s or 40s.
This might be the reality.
He might have moments of greatness but his consistency might be gone.
No professional athlete can stay on top forever. It might be time to enjoy what he can to and be thankful of his time on top.
Rick Kaselj, MS
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