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Sep 03, 2019 / Sports Medicine

Golf Tips From Our Golf Expert

Scottish Rite for Children sports physical therapist Daniel Stokes, P.T., CSCS, SCCC, tells us that golfers don’t realize that their performance and injury prevention are tied together. After years of working with athletes and completing the medical certification program at Titleist Performance Institute, he is eager to help young golfers improve their game and stay injury free. Here are some tips to help you understand the connection. 

Why do injuries occur in golf?
Most injuries in golf are caused by tightness or a lack of mobility in a joint. The hip and thoracic spine are key areas of limitations for golfers.

How can golf injuries be prevented?
It’s important to get a good assessment of the golfer to identify specific areas of opportunity on an individual basis. The good news is, the exercises that make a swing better will also reduce the risk of injury. Therefore, performing a golf-specific warm-up program can help prevent injuries and improve performance. 

What is the most common cause of golf-related injuries?
The sport of golf is inherently repetitive. Research has shown that repetitive motions can lead to overuse injuries in the lower back, upper back, shoulder and hip.

We are excited to roll out a new program, Warm Up the RITE Way for young golfers. Check out these resources:
  • Download a PDF with photos and instructions.
  • Check out our videos that explain each exercise.
  • Request copies of the handout for your team, club or golf pro. 

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