It is off season for golfers at the moment and a time in clinic when any active players come in and see us with a number of ailments and aches and pains. SPEAR Physio Karen
, wrote this blog to answer a pretty important question.
Physiotherapy and coaching.
If coaches identify parts of the body that are not working well in the golf swing we can look to see if there are any physical reasons that are causing or contributing to this; and give golfers a treatment or exercise plan to improve the issues found.
We are fortunate to work with some fabulous coaches:- Neil Marr, Andrew Locke, Spencer Henderson and further afield Andrew Nicholson, David Torrance and Gregor Monks. These are like minded people who are fully invested in their players and like us realise that when looking to improve performance you need to surround yourself with a team that work together to make improvements.
When putting together a plan for a golfer it is important to feedback findings to the coach so they are aware of the limitations of the body and what areas need more input to create feels and sometimes more creative drills. All players are different and need different approaches to fix issues.
Our skills are around identifying movement deficiencies, as a physiotherapist eye in analysing movement is finely tuned. We also have a bank of stretches, stability exercises and strength exercises to give clients to work on the deficits seen, and we then link with golf coaches who progress these movements into golf specific drills so that the player can use the new found movements in their golf swing.
Sometimes if a player has particular difficulty activating a problem area or if stretches on their own are struggling to get something moving we can compliment an exercise programme with some hands on treatment.
Hands on treatment in recovery.
Hands on treatment works by giving sensory input to an area to help reconnect it with the brain, facilitating the correction of normal movement patterns. The positive effect of this is well documented in the literature but the effects are only short term if not followed up by exercises to make the correct movement pattern more normal so it can be used in the swing.
At present we are seeing a number of golfers and profiling them to see what parts of the body are not working so well, and linking this with the performance issues they are working on in the off season.