Do you love a good game of golf? Golfing is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors. It is also a great way to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in your trunk and hips. However, golf can also lead to some undesirable injuries if you are not careful.
If you’ve found yourself in pain or discomfort due to your golf game, don’t hesitate to contact Peak Performance Physical Therapy today! We’ll help you receive the relief you need so you can get back to playing the sport you love!
What are some common types of golf injuries?
At Peak Performance Physical Therapy, we can help you find relief for any injury you may be experiencing. Some common types of sports injuries include:
- Golfer’s elbow. This condition is used to describe an overuse golf injury that causes muscle inflammation inside the elbow. This injury runs from the bony point of your elbow and can stretch down your forearm, making it difficult to extend or lift your arm. Golfer’s elbow can make it difficult to perform your sport, especially with swinging motions.
- Flexor tendinitis. This is an overuse injury that causes swelling in the tendons that control your hand movement, making it difficult to bend your fingers and move your hand or elbow. Flexor tendinitis is typically associated with golf, as it is a sport that requires constant swinging.
- Rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff tears can occur from either acute or overuse causes. For example, partaking in repetitive swinging motions, such as those associated with golf, can all result in rotator cuff tears. This occurs when the muscles or tendons that surround the shoulder joint become damaged or torn.
What can I do to help my golf injury?
When a golf injury occurs, it typically develops due to one of the following causes:
- Lack of mobility
- Poor Mechanics
- Inability to separate upper and lower body motions
- Poor kinematic sequencing and motor control
- Strength deficits
- Poor segmental stabilization
- Inadequate stability
- Poor conditioning
- Poor equipment
Our Lansing, Okemos & Dewitt, MI physical therapists can help improve your athletic performance so you can fix your faults and play your best game! They will do this through:
- Video analysis
- Modification to your personal golf goals
- Identifying swing faults
- Identifying your pain scale
- Scoring your golf fitness strengths and weaknesses
- Measuring strength, flexibility, balance, rotation, etc
- Assessing your body’s response to treatments
TPI Certified Golf Treatment
The Titleist Performance Institute is the leading organization in golf-specific health, fitness and swing advice. It is one of the nation’s leaders in golf performance, and trains Certified TPI Golf Instructors and healthcare professionals to help you break past physical factors that limit you as a golfer. Peak Performance Physical Therapy is proud to partner with TPI. Through years of observing different players’ technique and mechanics, TPI has mastered the physical functionality of the body during the golf swing, and helps players work towards the most efficient swing possible. TPI focuses on the body’s physical limitations, reducing injury, increasing performance, golf swing and correcting specific mechanics.
TPI’s mission is to educate golfers and industry professionals on the Body-Swing ConnectionTM, which identifies the body’s physical limitations and how they directly correlate to their swing. Peak Performance Physical Therapy offers one-on-one instruction from our TPI Certified Medical Professional. Participants will be taken through a series of functional testing. These tests evaluate your strength, flexibility and mobility and will provide recommendations to help maximize physical advantages unique to individual golfers, and that likely lead to a lower chance of injury.
If you have aches and pains when playing golf or that stop you from playing golf we can work with you to get a prescription from your doctor for a structured course of physical therapy addressing the pain and your physical limitations that likely are contributing to pain during your swing. This will include the TPI screen and reassessment. A functional screen that evaluates the movement of the entire body and how it relates to the golf swing. Customized golf fitness exercise program based on these physical findings to enhance your golf performance and decrease the potential of injury. Reassessment is also an important aspect to treatment. We utilize a functional screen to evaluate the progress of your individualized fitness program and instruction in new exercises and/or progressions to current programs based on new assessment findings.
Golf is much more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle. This is why Peak Performance Physical Therapy Clinic Director Matt McFadden went through the Titleist Performance Institute to become an official TPI Certified Professional.