I have rounded up and combined my favorite exercises that
address the most common deficient movement patterns and muscle
imbalances in golfers. This program is designed to do the following
(all of which I've proven using myself as a case study):
My Golf Workout Plan
Get as strong as possible with heavy weights and incorporate
functional movement/mobility and stability and golf specific
1. Incorporate Massive Strength
30 min workout (go one to the next, alternate upper body lower
30 min: Heavy Compound Exercises. 2 Sets 5 Reps. Max
Golf movements with weight and balance exercises and Nike golf
If you're into golf or treating golfers, I hope this helps.
Last week I got a pretty awesome text I wanted to share. It was
from my old high school golf teammate, Kim Donovan, who was an All
American on the Duke Women's Golf team. Kim said, "OK, I've decided
I'm going to make a push for the LPGA tour IF you get me out of
Seriously, best text ever. Why? It's been my childhood dream to
become a professional golfer and make the tour. My dad and I used
to always joke about moving to Florida when I made it and playing
golf all over the world. Fast forward: I didn't make it...as a
golfer...BUT, could I make it as a treating physician? Yes, I
believe I can.
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So what can chiropractors do for golfers?
Here's my thought process for a high level golfer who seeks both
pain elimination and increased performance... (After watching her
Initial Swing Evaluation: Searching for the Cause of Her
*Patient appears to lack anterior stability through the hitting
zone and into the follow-through that allows the lumbar spine to
hyperlordose and jam the facets. I also imagine there is some lack
of hip internal rotation causing the lumbar spine to get chewed up
into excess rotation through the swing causing pain and
*Initial Rehab and Functional Corrections will focus on 3
1. Core Stability: This will stabilize the excess movements
through the lumbar spine and reduce the risk for further injury and
progress treatment faster and hold treatment pain relief longer
through the round by building endurance.
2. Hip Mobility: Increasing hip internal rotation. (If
congenital antroverted hips, may need to flare out lead foot to get
3. Thoracic Mobility:
*Progression into performance once stability and endurance
have been established
All of these will improve with physical treatment as I work on
fixations, soft tissue adhesions, facial train hypertonicity, and
the rehab will improve her instability. I will also look to balance
her adrenal/thyroid axis for ligamentous integrity and inflammation
levels. Supplements, homeopathy and emotional work will be used on
an as-needed basis through physical exam, history and manual muscle
testing. Restoring normal breathing patterns, abdominal bracing,
and increasing intra-abdominal pressure with DNS and Triple Flexion
positions is definitely in order for lasting relief, stability and
Prognosis and Goals:
Well, that was just a window into my head on what I was thinking
while treating a Division 1 athlete and hopefully a professional
athlete soon! Chiropractic has a lot of incredible tools, my
friends! LEARN THEM! You can never have too many tricks in your
pocket for the tough patient that comes along.
The 4 Movements To Increase Your Driving Distance and
Reduce Your Pain
This past weekend, Motion Palpation Institute hosted a "master's
series" golf seminar on National's campus. I love golf. In fact, my
dream was to play on the PGA tour when I was younger. I've been
wishing MPI put on a golf seminar since my first trimester here
when it was brainstormed. It's safe to say I want to treat golfers
and "Adjusting Tiger Woods" is LITERALLY ON MY BUCKET LIST. I
The seminar was mainly taught by Drs.
Corey Campbell, Brett Winchester, and Todd Neider. Dr. Mark King,
president of Motion Palpation Institute, was also in attendance and
led the adjusting portion of the seminar.
During these master's seminars, they put together a bit more
"lecture" material than the customary "palpate and adjust routine"
of chiropractic seminars. Topics included published research on the
golf swing, muscles and biomechanics involved in the swing, as well
as a functional look at the whole kinematic system during a
In true "modern DC" style, we took a functional approach to
reducing a golfer's pain and injury risk, as well as blended
performance techniques to those that treated a higher level golfer.
For example, most people think of golfers coming in with back pain.
Of course, chiropractors are notoriously known for treating LBP as
our bread and butter. But, why do they have back pain? Why are
their lumbar facets jamming or muscles overfiring causing
nociceptive pain in the lumbar/SI/Sacral area?
The big take-aways from a functional approach to preventing pain
and improving performance in golfers are:
That's the 80/20 of the information we learned. If you could
assess, treat and improve the 4 listed movements, I guarantee you
reduce the amount of pain in your golfer patients and improve their
performance (distance, consistency, etc).
Happy Golfing! See you on the range!
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