Sports Specific Care
Golf Physical Therapy & Performance
We Understand The Complexity of the Golf Swing
Developing Efficient Swing Mechanics is Key
Golfers have unique needs and demands that must be addressed when designing a physical therapy program or a performance program. One must understand the complexity of the golf swing and the body's movement principles.
Golf Physical Therapy and Performance Training can keep your swinging; whether your are looking to get back on the course after an injury or looking to improve your score. We have you covered from the front nine to the back nine.
Efficient Swing Mechanics Require:
Mobility in the lower back, neck, shoulders, hips, knees and ankle to allow full range of motion, especially in the follow through
Stability in your hips, knees, and core
Strength and power to maximize swing potential and distance
Endurance to maintain mechanics and performance over the course of a round and season
Efficient and powerful swing mechanics are developed through a combination of factors; proper hip-shoulder separation, linear and rotational power, and core stability. Power is developed from the lower body, transferred through the core, and dissipated through the club into the ball. If any part is out of sync, the body can break down and start to compensate. This can lead to pain, discomfort, and ultimately injury.
Common Golf Injuries We Treat
Lower Back Pain
Due to high forces on one side of the body during twisting especially on the follow through
Due to rotator cuff muscles or imbalance
Elbow or Wrist Pain
From repetitive gripping, weakness , or poor mechanics
Hip and Knee Pain
From high rotational forces during a swinging and/or poor mobility in these areas
Due to lack of mobility in foot, wearing cleats, or extended walking on uneven terrain
Golf Performance Therapy
Is your handicap slowly creeping up? As we age, our posture changes, are joints get stiffer and we lose muscle strength. This can become cumulative and start to limit your swing - both in distance and control.
Athletic Edge and Wellness has developed the S.C.O.R.E. Card to identify potential areas of concern for the golfer; this includes a mobility and strength evaluation in the neck, back, wrists, shoulders, and hips, and an assessment of balance and and core control. From there, we can develop a comprehensive individualized golf specific conditioning program to improve your weakness.
Using an integrated approach, we can help optimize your golfing mechanics, maximize your swing, and improve your swing consistency by:
Improving golf-specific mobility with manual therapy, soft tissue massage, and flexibility techniques
Building a strong foundation at the core and hips with specific corrective exercises and dynamic stability drills
Enhancing your golf swing mechanics by addressing faulty movement patterns
Improving postural control, balance, and stance
Reducing pain and soreness which can impair your overall swing and movement
Performance therapy can help golfers of all ages; with the younger golfer it tends to be lack of strength and coordination, while the older golfer lacks motion and mobility.
Do not let pain continue to get in the way of an enjoyable season. See a physical therapist who understands how the body must work in order to swing the club efficiently both in and out of season. Contact Athletic Edge and Wellness today and book an appointment with our golf specialist in our Algonquin, IL Performance Center. A physical therapist can perform an assessment and provide treatment without a physician prescription in many cases.