After the winter that wouldn’t end, New England’s golf season is now in full swing. Golf brings many health benefits, burning an average of 721 calories when carrying your own bag through a nine-hole course, but the sport also proves to be mentally challenging and socially stimulating. Those with a passion for golf often strive to stay fit year round and continuously improve their skills to enjoy the game throughout their lives.
Advancing in the game of golf requires players to focus on the technical skills of the game, while also understanding the limitations of their own bodies. Improving on these limitations through targeted stretches and exercises can help players achieve their competitive goals. Old injuries and improper mechanics can halt a player’s skill progression and also cause unnecessary pain. According to the Titleist Performance Institute, 21.8% of all players who participated in a study of 31,000 golfers experienced lower back pain after each round of golf. Using proper form while playing can help golfers limit discomfort and injury while also improving their swing. For additional information on the Titleist Performance Institute and proper form, visit: http://bit.ly/1GkALPR.
In an effort to help patients improve their skills on the golf course, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) developed Fit for Golf™, a program designed with the unique knowledge of the body’s biomechanics and how they affect a player’s swing. SCPT’s Fit for Golf™ therapists are certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) after completing a rigorous training course designed to educate professionals on improving golf performance through an in-depth knowledge of the body’s movements during a swing. TPI reports that seven out of the last 12 major championships were won by players advised by a TPI Certified Professional. For more information on the certification process, visit: http://www.mytpi.com/certification.
SCPT’s Fit for Golf™ program begins with a physical assessment which determines any strength, structural, or flexibility issues altering the swing. Once your specific needs have been established, SCPT will create an individualized exercise program to target your precise muscle groups to increase strength, flexibility, power, and distance. Individual, partner, and group packages are available.
In addition to the Fit for Golf™ Program, SCPT provides several instructional stretching and strengthening videos online at: http://bit.ly/1lbWZdL. These videos can be done from home and can be used to supplement a warm-up routine prior to engaging in any sport or physical activity.
Focusing on continuous improvement through a well-rounded exercise regiment can positively impact golfers on the field and throughout their lives by limiting injury and maintaining overall health.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the Fit for Golf™ program, please connect with SCPT at 508-832-2628 for additional information.