Junior Golfers Need Physical Conditioning Too
The MAPGA Junior Season is right around the corner and that means junior golfers will once again be hitting the links in droves. With that in mind, think back to the last time your kid picked up a golf club -- has it been several months? After this long winter hiatus, many athletes could use a crash course in mobility and injury prevention. Specifically, they need physical conditioning.
WHY IS PHYSICAL CONDITIONING IMPORTANT?
One of the biggest changes in golf development in the last decade is the increased emphasis on physical conditioning/training. The majority of professional golfers have several coaches in their corner, including personal trainers and physical therapists, with the goal of recognizing physical limitations and making adjustments to avoid injury. Additionally, it’s well known that introducing various forms of exercise can greatly improve performance.
JUNIOR GOLFERS & PHYSICAL CONDITIONING
Research has indicated that early specialization in sports often leads to burnout and increases the rate of injuries due to overuse. For this reason, it’s especially important that junior golfers cross-train in the off season or play other sports. Not only does this assist in developing balance, hand-eye coordination, and proper form, it also helps develop general athleticism and body awareness. Physical conditioning in this capacity reduces the likelihood of overuse injuries.
LOOKING FOR A PHYSICAL CONDITIONING PROGRAM FOR YOUR JUNIOR GOLFER?
The Titleist Certified Medical Professionals at Virginia Therapy & Fitness Center have developed a golf performance program specifically for junior golfers to increase their strength and stability. This ultimately helps to improve their game! The comprehensive program evaluates your junior golfer using a golf-specific movement screen. This includes:
- Hip and core strength to maximize swing power
- Shoulder stability to improve consistency
- Power and speed development to increase distance
- Endurance to maintain performance over the course of a round or season
After the initial screening, golfers walk away with a customized exercise program designed specifically to address movement deficiencies and strengthen areas that are prone to injury. Exercises can be quickly performed at home and do not involve weights
Learn how we can improve your Junior Golfer's game!
Meet Your Titleist Certified Medical Professional
With a true passion for golf, Casey works with golfers of all ages and skill levels. His advanced education as a Titleist Certified Medical Professional and Certified Functional Golf Specialist allows him to tailor exercise and mobility recommendations for each individual athlete. Casey utilizes golf-specific biomechanical assessments to locate weaknesses, as well as find restrictions and movement errors that may predispose his clients to future injuries.