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Why GOLFERS Need to Lift Weights from Sheddon Physio Clinic Oakville

Why GOLFERS Need to Lift Weights!!

While Halton is covered in mounds of snow, not many people are thinking about the upcoming golf season. However, this is the perfect time of year to start tailoring your exercise program or to have any current injuries addressed in order to ensure that you hit the links stronger and pain free.

If you look at today’s top golfers, most, if not all, do some form of strength training. The golf swing involves powerful muscle contractions coming from multiple body parts. The key areas to focus on are the rotator cuff    and scapular stabilizers, the trunk and core musculature, and the glutes and hip extensors.

What are the benefits of lifting weights?

1. More strength equals more speed/force;

2. Reduces golf specific injuries by 30-50%;

3. Results in longer drives and distance on your iron shots;

4. May increase your accuracy and consistency;

5. Can increase your putting distance control

Strength gains generally take up to 8 weeks of consistent training before seeing any progress. Don’t wait until the snow melts and courses open. Get ready now and spend the warmer weather at the range and on the course working on your technique. Not sure where to start? Get assessed at Sheddon Physiotherapy, where Jason Kobrick and Erin Shapcott have both completed their golf specific rehabilitation courses and can help answer any of your questions.

Stay tuned for our next Blog discussing Golf and Mobility.

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Get on par (or under) with your golf game!

With the warm weather on its way, golfers are starting to dust off their clubs and head to the practice range or golf course to kick off the season. Although golf is usually perceived as a fairly low impact, leisurely activity, it has been estimated that every year roughly 40% of recreational golfers sustain an injury. Despite the high prevalence of golf injuries, many are preventable, with golf specific conditioning early in the season.

The golf swing requires adequate range of motion across many joints, combined with coordinated and powerful muscle contractions. Research has shown that improved overall fitness correlates with lower golf scores and less risk of injury. Proper conditioning for golf includes a variety of factors, such as the strengthening of particular muscle groups for a powerful swing, including the rotator cuff, scapular stabilizers and core musculature. Flexibility and mobility are also key components, especially in the hips, shoulders and trunk in order to achieve full and stable range of motion from the back swing to the follow through. The last fitness component essential for golf is balance. Poor balance will lead to faulty swing mechanics and compensatory patterns. Spending some time at the beginning of the golf season focusing on fitness and conditioning can add yards to your swing and help you play pain-free throughout the season.

Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics physiotherapist, Robin Valadares, is currently completing his Level 2 Golf Specific Rehabilitation course taught by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Robin is an avid golfer, and his love for the sport made him want to learn how to help golfers get stronger and play their best golf. TPI is the world’s leader in golf fitness, development and performance, with most of the top golfers in the world being advised/treated by TPI certified experts.

Below, Robin demonstrates some key exercises every golfer should include in their fitness routine.

Open Book:

Golf Physio at Sheddon Physio Sports Clinic Oakville MississaugaBenefits: This exercise helps develop better flexibility in your chest muscles, thoracic spine, rib cage, shoulders and lower back.

Instructions: Lie on your side with your top knee bent at around 90 degrees supported on a medicine ball (or something of equal height to keep the pelvis level).  Place the arms out in front of you at shoulder level with the palms facing each other. Slowly lift your top arm up opening up your chest as you rotate the trunk, try to keep both shoulders on the ground, and your knee in contact with the ball, as you look over your top shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on each side 3 times.

Strengthening #1:

Golf Physio Swing with Robin at Sheddon Physio Sports Clinic Oakville MississaugaBenefits: This exercise helps develop trunk and lower body stability, upper body strength, core strength and rotary mobility.

Instructions: Attach a theraband, cable or tube to a low setting. While in a half kneeling position, hold hips directly under the trunk and keep shoulders back while holding the theraband. Engage your core before initiating any movement. Keep the lower body stable and rotate bringing the theraband across your body and ending with arms held over the shoulder. This exercise can be made more difficult by increasing the resistance, distance away from wall, or adding an unstable surface under the knees. Repeat 10 times per side for 3 sets.

Strengthening #2:

Golf Physio Swing at Sheddon Physio Sports Clinic Oakville Mississauga

Benefits: This exercise helps develop trunk and lower body stability, upper body strength, core strength and rotary mobility.

Instructions: Loop a theraband around your arms. Start in a proper golf address position, engage your core and bring your arms slightly apart so there is tension on the theraband. Raise your arms into a half backswing slowly and follow through into a downswing. Repeat 10 times per side and 3 sets.

Don’t wait until injury prevents you from swinging a club. Get assessed while the season is  still young in order to find out how to prevent injuries, get stronger and bring your golf game to the next level. During your initial assessment, a detailed history of current and previous injuries will be addressed, as well as your golf performance goals. A physical assessment will also be completed in order to identify any areas of weakness or potential limitations. From this assessment, a plan will be put in place addressing any areas needing improvement, which is usually achieved through physiotherapy and golf specific exercises that will be taught to you.

Robin Valadares, Jason Kobrick and Erin Shapcott have all completed golf specific rehabilitation courses and can help answer any questions you may have.

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Bring your Golf Game to the Next Level

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Would you like to improve your golf performance?

Are you constantly getting injured during the golf season?

Would you like to prevent golf injuries this summer?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then keep reading. Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics physiotherapist, Robin Valadares, recently attended a golf specific rehabilitation program taught by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Robin is an avid golfer, and his love for the sport made him want to learn how to help golfers get stronger and play their best golf. TPI is the world’s leader in golf fitness, development and performance, with most of the top golfers in the world being advised/treated by TPI certified experts. During Robin’s certification program he learned TPI’s 16-step physical screening approach, which assesses how the body moves. These 16 tests analyze different movement patterns and how they can affect a player’s golf swing and potentially lead to injuries. Once specific limitations and faulty movement patterns are identified, the athlete can work towards enhancing or eliminating that physical limitation in order to maximize their game and prevent injury.

During your initial assessment, a detailed history of current and previous injuries will be addressed, as well as your golf performance goals. A physical assessment will also be completed in order to identify any areas of weakness or potential limitations. From this assessment, a plan will be put in place addressing any areas needing improvement, which is usually achieved through physiotherapy and golf specific exercises that will be taught to you.

As a physiotherapist, I look for areas where the body may be at risk of injury as well as working with players to overcome injury. We are part of the team, with the fitness coach/professional and most importantly the golf professional. I will NOT teach swing mechanics, but I will help foster a more apt body for those mechanics.” Robin Valadares

Don’t wait until injury prevents you from a swinging a club. Get assessed while the season is just starting in order to find out how to prevent injuries, get stronger and bring your golf game to the next level. Robin Valadares, Jason Kobrick and Erin Shapcott have all completed golf specific rehabilitation courses and can help answer any questions you may have.

Book Your Appointment

Questions? Contact us