Session 1: “Are you fit for golf?”<br />Dr. John Ferguson, D.C.Golf Injury Specialist<br />
Golf: The Greatest and Most Frustrating Game in the World<br />“Is it me or do I need new clubs?”<br />*Photo from buy-dis...
Let’s take a look at some numbers…<br /><ul><li>  In 1974, the Handicap for Men:  16
  In 1974, the Handicap for Women:  29
  Average Round of Golf:  103</li></ul>*statistics supplied by Blanchard Golf Academy<br />*Photo from images.google.com<b...
What happens 26 years later?<br /><ul><li>  In 2000, the Handicap for Men:  16
  In 2000, the Handicap for Women:  29
  Average Round of Golf:  103</li></ul>*statistics supplied by Blanchard Golf Academy<br />NO CHANGE?<br />MAYBE IT’S NOT ...
What is the Secret to better golf?<br />Overcoming<br />The 4 Barriers<br />Nutrition<br />Environ-Mental<br />Allergens<b...
“Golfers achieve 90% of their peak muscular effort when driving a golf ball.”*research from Paul Chek, in his book The Bio...
Flexible<br />Stable<br />Shoulder<br />Mid Back<br />Wrist<br />Hip<br />Ankle<br />Head and Neck<br />Elbow<br />Low Bac...
Video Clip<br />Can you get into this position?<br />
Flexibility!!<br />Noted by PGA instructors as being the number one key to hitting farther and improving your game.<br />*...
How far can you hit the ball?<br />Tiger Woods <br />135 mph<br />300+ yards<br />*statistics supplied by Blanchard Golf A...
Consequences of the Bent Forward Arm<br />1. Loss of Energy = Loss of Distance<br />2. Hyperextend Elbow = Medial Elbow Pa...
Spinal Flexibility<br />Generates power during your backswing.<br />Spinal Floor Twist<br />
Postural Stability and Balance<br />Head/Neck<br />Elbow<br />Low Back<br />Knee<br />Feet<br />Stability combines 3 thing...
How does your spine affect your swing?<br />Neck (Cervical)<br />Kyphosis<br />Lordosis<br />Low Back  (Lumbar) <br />*pho...
S-shaped Curve<br />Normal<br />C-shaped Curve<br />
S-shaped Curve<br />Hyperlordosis<br />Increased Lumbar Curve<br /><ul><li> Limits your spinal Range of Motion
 Decreases Power
 Prone to spinal disc injuries</li></ul>		(bulging discs)<br />
C-shaped Curve<br />Hypolordosis<br />Decrease or Lack of Lumbar Curve<br /><ul><li>Limits your spinal Range of Motion
 Decreases Power
 Degenerative Disc Disease
 Weakened Spinal Musculature</li></ul>	(Sprain/Strain Injuries)<br />
Where does bad posture come from?<br />“Forward Flexed Position”<br />Golf Swing Requires: Rotation<br />				Lateral Bendi...
Postural Analysis<br /><ul><li> Toes pointing straight ahead
 Hips directly above feet
 Level Hips
 Level Shoulders
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  1. 1. Session 1: “Are you fit for golf?”<br />Dr. John Ferguson, D.C.Golf Injury Specialist<br />
  2. 2. Golf: The Greatest and Most Frustrating Game in the World<br />“Is it me or do I need new clubs?”<br />*Photo from buy-discount-golf-equipment.blogspot.com<br />
  3. 3. Let’s take a look at some numbers…<br /><ul><li> In 1974, the Handicap for Men: 16
  4. 4. In 1974, the Handicap for Women: 29
  5. 5. Average Round of Golf: 103</li></ul>*statistics supplied by Blanchard Golf Academy<br />*Photo from images.google.com<br />
  6. 6. What happens 26 years later?<br /><ul><li> In 2000, the Handicap for Men: 16
  7. 7. In 2000, the Handicap for Women: 29
  8. 8. Average Round of Golf: 103</li></ul>*statistics supplied by Blanchard Golf Academy<br />NO CHANGE?<br />MAYBE IT’S NOT YOUR CLUBS…<br />** Photo from blog.kir.com <br />
  9. 9. What is the Secret to better golf?<br />Overcoming<br />The 4 Barriers<br />Nutrition<br />Environ-Mental<br />Allergens<br />Pain<br />Improving<br />Flexibility<br />Postural Stability<br />Swing Mechanics<br />
  10. 10. “Golfers achieve 90% of their peak muscular effort when driving a golf ball.”*research from Paul Chek, in his book The Biomechanics of Golf<br />*Photo from images.google.com<br />
  11. 11. Flexible<br />Stable<br />Shoulder<br />Mid Back<br />Wrist<br />Hip<br />Ankle<br />Head and Neck<br />Elbow<br />Low Back<br />Knee<br />Feet<br />*Photo from images.google.com<br />
  12. 12. Video Clip<br />Can you get into this position?<br />
  13. 13. Flexibility!!<br />Noted by PGA instructors as being the number one key to hitting farther and improving your game.<br />*Phil Mickelson Stretching<br />We aren’t as young as we used to be!<br />Tighter muscles and ligaments = More prone to injury<br />*Photo from waggleroom.com<br />
  14. 14. How far can you hit the ball?<br />Tiger Woods <br />135 mph<br />300+ yards<br />*statistics supplied by Blanchard Golf Academy<br />*Photo from golfdigest.com<br />
  15. 15. Consequences of the Bent Forward Arm<br />1. Loss of Energy = Loss of Distance<br />2. Hyperextend Elbow = Medial Elbow Pain<br /> (Golfer’s Elbow) <br />*Photos from images.google.com<br />
  16. 16. Spinal Flexibility<br />Generates power during your backswing.<br />Spinal Floor Twist<br />
  17. 17. Postural Stability and Balance<br />Head/Neck<br />Elbow<br />Low Back<br />Knee<br />Feet<br />Stability combines 3 things<br />Balance<br />Strength<br />Muscular Endurance<br />*Photo from images.google.com<br />
  18. 18. How does your spine affect your swing?<br />Neck (Cervical)<br />Kyphosis<br />Lordosis<br />Low Back (Lumbar) <br />*photo from eorthopod.com<br />
  19. 19. S-shaped Curve<br />Normal<br />C-shaped Curve<br />
  20. 20. S-shaped Curve<br />Hyperlordosis<br />Increased Lumbar Curve<br /><ul><li> Limits your spinal Range of Motion
  21. 21. Decreases Power
  22. 22. Prone to spinal disc injuries</li></ul> (bulging discs)<br />
  23. 23. C-shaped Curve<br />Hypolordosis<br />Decrease or Lack of Lumbar Curve<br /><ul><li>Limits your spinal Range of Motion
  24. 24. Decreases Power
  25. 25. Degenerative Disc Disease
  26. 26. Weakened Spinal Musculature</li></ul> (Sprain/Strain Injuries)<br />
  27. 27. Where does bad posture come from?<br />“Forward Flexed Position”<br />Golf Swing Requires: Rotation<br /> Lateral Bending<br /> Extension<br />NOT Flexion!<br />*Photo from images.google.com<br />
  28. 28. Postural Analysis<br /><ul><li> Toes pointing straight ahead
  29. 29. Hips directly above feet
  30. 30. Level Hips
  31. 31. Level Shoulders
  32. 32. Straight neck – Ears above shoulders
  33. 33. Rotation of hips and shoulders</li></li></ul><li>Lower Body Strength/Stability<br />Allows you to maintain proper position during pivot.<br />Generates power and drives the club through the downswing.<br />Air Bench<br />Tests strength of lower body<br />
  34. 34. Importance of Lower Body Strength<br />Weight Transfer During Backswing<br />Amateur Golfers – Transfer about 50% of their body weight<br />Professional Golfers – Transfer about 90% of their body weight<br />The Difference = Lower Body Strength<br />Target Muscles<br />Glutes<br />Hamstrings<br />Quads<br />Low Back<br />Knees<br />*Photo from images.google.com<br />
  35. 35. Foundation of Stability<br />Feet Stable<br />Feet Rocked Back<br />The Cause<br />Weak lower body musculature<br /> Loss of structural stability in your feet (fallen arches)<br />The Consequence = Loss of Power<br />
  36. 36. What’s The Point?<br />Injury Prevention<br />60% of golfers will have at least one serious back-related injury.<br /><ul><li>Men – Low Back Injuries
  37. 37. Women – Elbow and Wrist Injuries</li></ul>Professionals<br />Wrist/Hand: 37%<br />Low Back: 24%<br />Shoulder: 10%<br />Elbow: 7%<br />Knee: 7%<br />Amateurs<br />Low Back: 35%<br />Elbow: 24%<br />Wrist/Hand: 20%<br />Shoulder: 12%<br />Knee: 9%<br />*Copyright 2004 Doctor Divot Publishing, Inc--Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries (used with permission)<br />
  38. 38. Warm Up is Essential<br />A survey showed that only ½ of golfers<br /> do any warm up at all.<br />Only 1 in 10 golfers do any stretching <br />of the major muscles before golf.<br />Proper warm-up should include 3 things:<br /> 1. Aerobic<br /> 2. Stretching<br /> 3. Time at Practice Range<br />
  39. 39. Aerobic -<br />Increase heart rate and get your blood flowing.<br /><ul><li> Brisk walk around parking lot
  40. 40. Jumping Jacks
  41. 41. Jog in place</li></ul>*Photo from shapelymommies.blogspot.com<br />
  42. 42. Stretches -<br />Improve flexibility and reduce the risk of sprain/strain injuries.<br />Stretch all the Major Joints and Muscles<br />Ankles<br />Quads <br />Hamstrings<br />Glutes<br />Hips<br />Mid Back<br />Shoulders<br />Wrists<br />Neck<br />
  43. 43. Practice Range - <br /><ul><li> Start with wedge and work your way to the driver
  44. 44. Start with half swings (about 9 o’clock)
  45. 45. Focus on CLEAN CONTACT not distance</li></ul>*Photo from mooreparkgolf.com.au<br />
  46. 46. Summary<br />You can improve your game without changing your swing by improving your FLEXIBILITY and STABILITY.<br />Improved FLEXIBILITY and STABILITY can prevent golf related injuries<br />Golf is an athletic event and requires a proper WARM-UP.<br />
  47. 47. What do we do?<br /><ul><li> 14 Point Flexibility Analysis
  48. 48. Postural Analysis
  49. 49. Foot Arch Analysis
  50. 50. Slow Motion Video Swing Analysis
  51. 51. Corrective Stretching/Strengthening Plan
  52. 52. Corrective Posture Plan</li></li></ul><li>What’s Stopping You From Becoming a Better Golfer?<br />*Photo from photobucket.com<br />
  53. 53. Blanchard Golf Academy<br />Chek, Paul, The Biomechanics of Golf. <br />Photos from various sources below:<br />buy-discount-golf-equipment.blogspot.com<br />blog.kir.com<br />bceagles.com<br />waggleroom.com<br />golfdigest.com<br />eorthopod.com<br />kinecare.net<br />shapelymommies.blogspot.com<br />mooreparkgolf.com.au<br />Doctor Divot Publishing, Inc--Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries<br />Images.google.com<br />References<br />

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