Tackling Winter Training
Cold weather in Connecticut signals the offseason for golfers. However, winter doesn’t mean that you should stop training. It is important to condition your body — even when you are not teeing off regularly. This will help to prevent future injury.
Working on your overall fitness, flexibility and strength during the offseason can increase your stamina and improve your body posture, power and accuracy, says Brian Taber, a physical therapist and director of Physical Rehabilitation at Middlesex Health.
During the offseason is also the perfect time to take a look at what happens to your body when you swing, and Taber and his team can help with that.
At Middlesex Health’s Center for Golf Performance, physical therapists, who are Titleist Performance Institute level 1 and medical certified, assess and address biomechanics. The goal is to help you understand how your body relates to your golf swing, while also keeping you healthy and pain free.
In addition to a multi-point physical assessment that focuses on specific body movements, such as body rotation and posture, Middlesex’s physical therapists conduct a swing analysis using a sophisticated motion device. A specialized computer program gathers key data points and then creates graphs that illustrate the efficiency of your swing. Together, the golfer and physical therapists determine pain points and limitations.
“This is a great opportunity for both new and seasoned golfers,” says Taber. “When you are playing the sport of golf, biomechanics are important. You want to remain healthy and strong.”
For more information, visit MiddlesexHealth.org/tpi. The center is open to individuals of all ages and skill levels. If you or a loved one would like to make an appointment this winter, call 860-358-2700.
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