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Golf can be a beautiful game with its lush fairways and manicured greens. But it can also be a frustrating game—or worse, a painful one.
“There are a lot of injuries among golfers,” says Daniel Evans, P.T., a physical therapist and trained Back to Golf therapist at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano. “Golf can put a lot of stress on the low back and neck.”
That’s where Baylor Plano’s Back to Golf program can help. The program helps golfers rehabilitate golf injuries and improve body mechanics to prevent injury. Here are three core benefits the program offers.
1. Improve conditioning to prevent injury. During the off-season, Evans says, people aren’t playing golf, but the problem is they aren’t training either. And recreational golfers often don’t realize they need to get back in shape.
“It’s not just about being in shape,” Evans explains. “It’s about being in shape for golf.” And that means overall conditioning, as well as strengthening your core and back muscles.
The Back to Golf program offers packages customized to each golfer’s needs—whether it’s for basic instruction to modify your swing or regular one-on-one strength and conditioning training.
2. Learn what’s causing your aches. During your first visit, you’ll have a full-body physical therapy evaluation, and your therapist will conduct a video analysis of your golf swing.
“Then, we’ll use the data from those two things to identify issues that may be causing injury in the back or hips,” Evans says. A program will be designed to help correct any issues with the swing that may be causing strain.
3. Treat an injury. While some golfers are looking for preventive therapy and enjoy a trainer/client relationship at Back to Golf, those who have sustained injuries on the course can engage in a therapist-patient relationship, Evans says.
A traditional physical therapy program is put in place to rehab the injury and to help prevent a future golf injury as well.
The Back to Golf program is available to golfers of all ages and skill levels and is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about the program’s offerings and costs, or call 1.800.4BAYLOR (422.9567).
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