September 24, 2017

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Teeing up for a Healthy Golf Season with ACMC’s Spring Golf Fitness Primer

ACMC Spring Golf Fitness PrimerWith warmer weather on the way, golfers everywhere are anxious to get out on the golf course. But there’s no need to wait to prepare for this season’s first tee shot.

“In this part of the country, golf often has a shorter season than other regions. For most northern golfers, the season stops when the weather turns for the worse. But there’s no reason golfers of all ages and stages can’t work on various aspects of their game year round. That’s why ACMC Sports Medicine partnered with Titleist to help golfers improve their performance,” said exercise physiologist Jeff Kennedy, MS, CES at ACMC-Willmar. “We want to promote the benefits of the game while preventing injuries on the golf course.”

One may wonder, how can you get injured playing golf? It’s not a contact sport like football or hockey. But statistically speaking, 40 percent of amateur golfers and 60 percent of professionals suffer injuries.  The most common type classified as an “overuse” injury.

“Our body is engineered for movement.  It needs to move. Frequently.  But as we age and choose to become less active, a loss of flexibility and strength creep in.  This gradual loss coupled with the sudden increase of activity with the start of the golf season after hiatus through the winter can be a recipe for injury,” Jeff said.

He adds, “A small, consistent effort in the off-season to maintain flexibility allows a golfer to make a fluid, effortless swing and ultimately reduces post-round discomfort or injury. Our program has had many golfers 35-plus who have issues related to their backs and shoulders that have not only affected their golf game, but also their everyday lives,” he said.

Every year ACMC offers a spring golf fitness primer to help guide golfers through this transition. This year it’s scheduled Tuesday evenings during April. The program targets golfers of all levels to assess and address common issues with swing faults and provides the best exercises to fix these problems.

“This program is medically based with an emphasis on rehabilitative medicine and exercise physiology. It’s a great fit for ACMC and a good option for our patients who love the game,” said Jeff.

Reserve your spot in ACMC’s Spring Golf Fitness Primer today.

kennedyJeffMake this season different. Let ACMC Sports Medicine and Titleist Performance Institute-certified Jeffrey Kennedy, MS, CES®, prepare your body for a better game. While the rest of your foursome waits for the snow to melt, take charge of your game now with ACMC’s annual Spring Golf Fitness Primer to reduce early season injuries and get the jump on a great season. If you can’t join ACMC for the golf primer, Jeff offers a few tips to help improve your game.

  • Give your body a chance to warm up prior to tee off. Stretch on the range then hit a few range balls. Make it a goal to use the first two to three holes as an “extension” of your warm up. Have your partner drive the cart while you walk those holes to get your body loose. Pace yourself and work into the round.
  • If there’s a long wait on the tee box, use that time to perform a few stretches using the golf cart or a nearby bench. Target a few lower and upper body stretches during that down time. Then take a few practice swings.
  • If your schedule doesn’t permit a full round of golf, make time for some quality practice on the range. Take your time. Set a goal for every five balls you hit. Maybe the focus is the tempo of your swing, alignment or good balance. You choose, but have a goal for every ball you hit. And between every five balls, go through your stretches to keep loose. Remember, you generally hit balls at a faster pace on the range than you normally would in a regular round. Slow down!