Get in Golf Shape
Posted 6/11/2018 by UHBlog
Golf has been called “a good walk spoiled.” Want to make sure it isn’t spoiled by an injury? Our Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified physical therapists can help.
Injuries can be a part of your time on the golf course. Among professional golfers, almost 80 percent of the injuries come from overuse.
Overuse can impact the rest of us, too – mostly due to swing patterns developed around physical limitations. These are most likely to be in the lower back and elbows related to bad technique and movement, says physical therapist Marc Cubbison, PT and a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)-certified golf fitness instructor II in the golf rehabilitation program.
“Like most other sports, golf is built on fundamentals,” Cubbison says. “If your movement during a golf swing is not based on a solid foundation, you increase your risk for injury.”
The University Hospitals physical therapy team includes therapists who, like Cubbison, have taken additional specialized training. After passing a test, they are certified by TPI for advanced knowledge of the physical aspects of the golf swing. These therapists can help golfers ease their pain and improve their scores through improved mobility and strength.
In 2003, the Titleist company assembled a group of 52 medical professionals and formed TPI to study how a properly functioning body allows a player to swing a golf club in the most efficient way possible. The Institute also analyzed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the golf swing and potentially leads to injury.
“These professionals developed a program of instruction giving physical therapists and others techniques to help intervene before injuries occur,” says Cubbison. “We're able to screen golfers of all ages and experience and work with you to set up a program that looks at your individual body and swing and helps you get back to a solid foundation.”
The screen includes an assessment of:
- The mechanics of your swing
- Your overall physical fitness
- Quality of your movement
- Overall health
“We then build an individualized program addressing your specific body type, how often you play and what we find in the assessment,” he says. “For example, if you have restricted shoulder mobility, then we can work with you to prescribe shoulder and stretching exercises that increase strength and improve range of motion. The main goal is always to make you a better golfer and stay away from injury.”
The individualized plan looks at various aspects of your body and lifestyle. It includes suggestions for fitness training, physical therapy treatments, coaching on swing mechanics, nutrition and mental strategies. Why you're golfing is another part of the puzzle because the needs of the occasional golfer are usually different from the every day enthusiast.
“Golf is an activity that most people do for many years during their life,” Cubbison says. “When we know how you swing, we can tell you where you are more likely to be injured and what your body can and cannot do. We have the ability to help you play longer, with fewer injuries and improved performance.”
For more information about or to schedule an appointment with a TPI-certified therapist close to you, click on UH Sports Medicine Institute or call 216-983-PLAY (216-983-7529).
Marc Cubbison, PT and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)-certified golf fitness instructor II, is a physical therapist at University Hospitals Mentor Health Center Rehabilitation Services. You can request an appointment with Cubbison or any other health care provider online.