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Tom LaFountain

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Professional Sports Care's injury data on the PGA Tour over the past 20 years has shown an important trend. From 1997 through 2009 it was found that many golfers began to be treated more frequently or there were more complaints regarding pain, achiness or weakness around age 35-40 years old. Generally golfers in this age group started to show more body symptoms that challenged their playing ability. They usually looked to change something with their instructors regarding their swings to accommodate for inconsistent shots or losses in distance. Some looked to work with a trainer to improve their conditioning level. The bottom line is that they noticed playing golf was showing to be a greater physical challenge than earlier in their career. 

The sports medicine staff on the PGA Performance trailers throughout this time period emphasized to the golfers the importance of pro active assessments, treatments, and supervised exercise to avoid problems down the road. Many of the golfers heeded this advice and have benefited with improved performances and a more consistent feeling of well being. From 2009 through 2018 golfers began to come in to the trailers more regularly for proactive manual care and guidance with their exercise protocol. With this commitment we have noticed less severity with their complaints in their late thirties. It is well known that wear and tear of the body depends on many factors and will affect everyone at different levels and locations. However, committing and adhering to the sports medicine staff's advice has put many PGA golfers in a better position to succeed over a longer period of time. A costly trend for the professional golfer years ago has changed. It comes at a good time with PGA purses increasing over the next three years!


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