Phoenix is known to have some of the best weather for winter golfing. That’s why we host the Waste Management tour every year. Have you asked yourself what it takes to hit the ball like the pros? Or what can you do to improve your golf game?

Being a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute-Medical Level I) certified trainer, we can help improve your game. TPI does not believe in one perfect swing, however an infinite number of swing styles.

The most important aspect of a golf swing is having a healthy and efficient body movement.

Limited rotation of the lower body, poor ankle mobility, poor trunk strength and/or limited shoulder mobility can all lead to an inefficient swing which then increase your risk for injury. Mobility and stability are not only important to improve your health and daily function, but also allow you to be efficient during your golf game.

Here are some important stats for amateur golfers out there:

  • 64.3% lose their posture during their golf swing which can lead to lower back pain.
  • 38.5% have a reverse spine angle which leads to back pain.
  • 31.4% of players slide during their golf swing.
  • 35.6% have a “chicken wing” during their golf swing.

Now, how do us amateurs compare to the pros?

  • 75.8% of pros have a controlled and smooth movement of the pelvis during a tilt test compared to 28% of amateurs.
  • 81.1% of pros have controlled pelvic rotation compared to 58% of amateurs.
  • 82.4% of pros can perform a forward toe touch test compared to 57%.

These movement impairments can lead to everything from upper and lower back pain, shoulder pain, hip and knee pain in addition to a poor golf game.

We may never be able to play on the PGA Tour but we can dominate the weekends by utilizing proper technique.

We can help you by performing a movement screen, teach you proper body mechanics, proper muscle recruitment and develop a quality strengthening/mobility program for you to maximize efficiency and a healthy swing to improve your golf game. Make an appointment today at our Tempe clinic!

Now let’s get out there, enjoy the weather and make some birdies!

Source: Titleist Performance Institute. 4033 Avenida de la Plata, Oceanside, CA 92056

Carlos Rivas, PT, DPT, owner of our Tempe location, is here to tell us about his innovative rehabilitation center:

Previously Performance Physical Therapy, our Tempe location is now entering their third year as part of the Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy family.

Our Tempe physical therapy location is made up of professional therapists and technicians. Our front office staff alone has a combined experience of over 20 years working in healthcare.

All of our qualified physical therapy technicians have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and wellness, exercise physiology, or kinesiology. Additionally, each one of them is training to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy or Doctor of Medicine. With constant changes in healthcare, we strive to provide the topmost quality of care, teach with hands-on treatment, and stay on top of evidence-based practices.

One employee who exemplifies the standards of our Foothills location is our own physical therapist Kacie Lyding.

Kacie Lyding-Tempe Physical Therapy Location-Foothills Rehab

Kacie, PT, DPT, received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Biola University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2012, and she’s been with us ever since.

On top of providing excellent care for her patients every week, she recently completed an 18-month Sports Residency Program. The residency program is designed to expand the knowledge of talented practitioners in sports related injuries through interactions with patients and other therapists.

In addition to the completion of the residency program, Kacie will soon become one of 13 therapists in the state of Arizona to be a Board Certified Sports Specialist. With her certification, she will be recognized as a leader in the physical therapy field and will be able to help improve the function of our patients who have suffered a sports related injury.

Among her other great qualities, Kacie provides a hands-on approach and shares her wealth of knowledge with others. She always greets her patients with a smile and can be found laughing with them often.

If you couldn’t tell, we are very proud of Kacie! But she is just one of the fantastic staff on board. We encourage everyone to come meet all of our incredible team members! Here at the Tempe location we will work together as a team to not only treat you to the best of our ability, but to make your visits fun and valuable experiences.

If you have a sports injury or want to know more about our innovative rehab facility, schedule an appointment today! To learn more about sports medicine at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy and what our certified experts can do for you, check out the Foothills blog.