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The golf season is in full swing, but if you don’t take the
right approach to the sport, you just might end up sitting
out this summer.
That’s the cautionary word from expert Mike Fabbri, A.T.,
A.T.C., Coordinator of Outreach Programs for Henry Ford
Health System’s Center for Athletic Medicine (CAM).
“We may already be in the summer months, but some
people still don’t prepare their bodies and minds before they
hit the links. That could mean disaster,” says Mike, who
coordinates the CAM
GolFitness
program. “That’s why we
evaluate your gait, strength and fexibility, and then develop
an exercise program tailored to your style and swing.”
The program can result in a better swing, more distance and
better accuracy. But that’s not the program’s true goal, he
admits.
“We’re really trying to help cut down on injuries. So many
golfers arrive late at the course, jump out of the car and run
to the frst tee. The pros all do stretches and warm-ups
before hitting their frst ball, but very few amateurs give it a
second thought,” he says. “Whether you’re an ace golfer or
a novice, then you’re an athlete. The only way to avoid an
injury that takes you out of the game is to prepare your
body.”
For golfers Eric and Chris Scholz of Southgate, regular
exercise and stretching are a part of their normal routine.
Eric especially makes sure to hit the gym on golf days to
stretch and increase his fexibility. He isn’t taking any
chances of injuring himself this season as they are looking
forward to a golfng trip to Scotland later this summer.
Mike ofers three tips to help golfers ramp up their game:
1. Get conditioned ahead of time. Go to the
driving range and get in at least 100 swings
every week during the season.
2. Practice a regular exercise and stretching
program so your muscles are properly tuned
and warmed up.
3. Get to the course 30 minutes before tee time
to stretch your hamstrings, hip fexors,
shoulders and back; that way you’ll be
warmed up when you approach the frst tee.
Fabbri also suggests walking the course rather
than driving a cart. Drink plenty of water, limit
alcohol and take a break between rounds.
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For more information on how to prepare, you
can order a free GolFitness handbook by visiting
www.henryford.com/sportsmedicine
.
HAP members Eric and Christina Scholz at
Riverview Highlands Golf Course.