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Get Ready for Golf Season

With the freshly cut fairways and manicured greens, golf season is finally upon us. Whether you’re a weekend duffer or a scratch golfer, you could probably stand to trim a few strokes from your game. Megan Carter, DPT, explains how a new program at UPMC Sports Medicine can help improve golf swing efficiency and mechanics.

Titleist Performance Institute™

TheTitleist Performance Institute (TPI)™ has been collecting scores of data with the goal of developing the most efficient golf swing since 2003. The founders of the institute recognized a wide variety of swing styles in beginners, recreational players, and professional golfers. Through research and work with golfers around the world, they have determined that improving efficiency in a golf swing may not only improve the player’s golf game, but also help prevent injury. With this information, TPI experts have developed a physical screening that analyzes swing mechanics, biomechanics, physical fitness, movement quality, current health, and patient history.

Comprehensive Golf Swing Screening

Several physical therapists at UPMC Sports Medicine are now certified by the TPI to evaluate golfers and develop an individualized program to help improve their game. As certified professionals, these physical therapists can identify faulty movement patterns such as altered stability and mobility problems that directly correlate with the golf swing.

​Often times, physical limitations or prior injury may prohibit a golfer from making the necessary changes to their swing. With the help of TPI certified experts, each golfer can achieve the optimal swing pattern and mechanics that can minimize the risk of further injury. Learn more about some common golfing injuries and training techniques.

Ideal Candidates

The comprehensive golf screening is primarily appropriate for two types of individuals. The first group is existing physical therapy patients who are near discharge and looking to get back to the golf course. Golfers of all skill levels without injuries who are looking to fine tune their golf game and perfect their swing are also a great fit for this program.

UPMC Sports Medicine now provides this service to help identify impairments that relate directly to your golf swing and provide a course of action to eliminate those impairments. Through certified golf swing experts and the right training program, your swing can be ready for a full season of pars and birdies.

For more information about the comprehensive golf screening, contact Megan Carter via email, or call 412-432-3700.

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