Golf Performance and Injury Prevention
Golfers are generally concerned with two things – reducing scores and avoiding injury. It is an incredibly technical game and as a result of its popularity a vast amount of information on the biomechanics of the golf swing and the physiologic effects of golf now exist. This has enabled fitness professionals to explore the functional aspects that are required to maximise performance and minimise injury risk.
How can I help you?
I am a qualified NASM Golf Fitness Specialist and I will take you through a comprehensive series of movement assessments to analyse your swing mechanics. This will allow us to identify any stability issues, weaknesses and muscle imbalances and we can then implement a tailored programme of corrective exercise to improve your swing mechanics which will ultimately have a profound effect on your golf performance as well as reducing the risk of common golf related injuries. We will also assess your general fitness and aerobic conditioning and incorporate these elements into your programme.
Isn't this what a Golf Pro does?
No - this is entirely different and I should stress that I am not a golf coach. A golf teaching professional will analyse your swing, your grip your setup etc and correct them - whereas I will analyse your body movement, stability, flexibility and fitness and correct those aspects.
As you can quickly appreciate this actually complements the work of a golf coach and will enable you to better perform the movements and adopt the positions they are suggesting. I don't analyse your swing - instead I analyse the specific isolated movements that are required to perform a correct swing. Your coach may instruct you to perform a motion that is difficult or impossible for you to perform due to some subtle muscle imbalances and I can identify those and help you to improve them.
It's more than just the swing
Golf requires high levels of skill, eye-hand coordination, flexibility and mobility, muscular power, timing, strength, and endurance. During an 18-hole round of golf, the average golfer will expend around 600 kcals of energy. This activity level requires that golfers have at least moderate levels of aerobic conditioning, as well as muscular strength and endurance in order to perform at their best. Even during practice golfers often can take as many as 300 swings per session, which is demanding on the body and requires appropriate levels of flexibility in the hips, legs, and shoulders.
This means that golfers are repeatedly exposing their bodies to high levels of forces and loads, and do so while moving through a large range of motion. To perform well and do this safely, the body’s musculoskeletal and metabolic systems should be properly trained and in balance to perform a mechanically sound swing time and time again.
What results will you see?
According to studies as little as 8-weeks on a tailored training program can significantly improve swing mechanics and golf performance by improving club-head speed, decreasing golf trajectory errors, improving consistency and ultimately reducing scores.
Will it work for everyone?
Yes. Almost all of us have some muscle imbalances which usually develop over time as a result of modern lifestyles, work environments, bad postural habits, previous injuries etc...and many of us could also benefit from being a little fitter. In order for a golf swing to be as proficient as possible, the entire human movement system (i.e., nervous system, joints, skeletal system, and muscular system) must possess optimum amounts of strength, power, stability, flexibility and neuromuscular control. Research has shown that a tailored, assessment based fitness programme including progressive flexibility exercises, core stability exercises, balance exercises, and resistance exercises can result in significant improvements in club-head speed and other components of golf related functional fitness and this becomes more effective as age increases.
How does this help with injury?
Golf is often perceived as a leisurely sport, but it is actually a serious athletic pursuit that can cause injury and trauma to various parts of the muscular-skeletal system. Many golfers suffer injury problems - for professionals the highest occurrence of issues are in the lower back followed by the non-dominant wrist and shoulder, whereas for amateurs the most common problem area is the elbow followed by lower back and shoulder. The cause of injury is primarily overuse for the professional player, and both overuse and poor mechanics for the amateur player, but in both cases the majority of injuries stem from cumulative trauma caused by technical deficiencies (poor swing mechanics) paired with existing musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Using the approach described above these situations can be significantly improved thus reducing the risk or possibly eliminating these common injuries.
How do you get started?
Just simply get in touch or arrange a free consultation (see below) and we can discuss how to kick things off for you. The consultation is free and there is absolutely no obligation to proceed with anything if you choose not to go ahead.
BSc Hons Biochemistry
NASM Level 3 Personal Trainer
NASM OPT Model Practitioner
NASM-WLS (Weight Loss Specialist)
NASM-GFS (Golf Fitness Specialist)
I am a CIMSPA registered personal trainer, fitness instructor and nutritional advisor - accredited by Active IQ NASM as an Optimum Performance Training (OPT) Model™ practitioner and I have specialist qualifications in Weight Loss and Golf Performance Fitness.
Where do I operate?
I live in Hertfordshire and I practice face to face personal training centred in the Herts area but that can extend to bordering counties (Essex, Cambs, Beds) and the London area.
Too far away?
If you think you live too far away but would like to train with me please get in touch and we can consider alternative options (such as Skype sessions for consultations and assessments etc). There are lots of options and we may be able to work out a way!
Ready to get started?
If you would like to work with me the easiest way to get started is to arrange a free consultation so we can discuss your specific goals, get to know each other and work out the way forward!
It's totally free and of course there are no obligations!