About the Golf Program
As the popularity of golf has risen, the perception of golf as a passive sport has fallen. The current perception is that a golfer needs to be physically fit and proactive about training to perform at his/her highest level, just as in any other sport. The goal of this program is to design a fitness/wellness program specific to the individual to improve performance and decrease risk of injury. Other benefits include:
- Pain free golf
- Improve flexibility
- Learn proper body mechanics
- Increase the longevity of your game
You will receive analysis of the following:
- Strength: Increased strength will decrease risk of injury, improve performance, and help maintain proper biomechanics
- Flexibility: A golfer must have a certain amount of flexibility to maintain proper mechanics/efficiency and again to minimize risk of injury.
- Posture/Mechanics (Video): Poor posture and mechanics can greatly decrease swing efficiency and increase risk of injury. Good posture and mechanics is imperative for a good golf swing.
There are two major categories of injuries seen in golfers: overuse (ie: tendonitis) which is more common in a professional or amateurs who play frequently and poor swing mechanics, more common in amateurs or “weekend warrior” golfers.
- Approximately 2 million new golfers each year
- 80% of all professionals will have an injury
- 65% of all amateurs will have an injury
- 75% of all golfers will have back pain
About the Specialist
Chris Fountain is a physical therapist at Birmingham Physical Therapy in Birmingham, AL. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of spine and golf related injuries. In 2003, he worked part-time as a physical therapist on the PGA Tour.