ACTIVCORE GOLF

A smarter approach to assessing, treating and training golfers

Contrary to most people’s belief, golf is a very physically demanding sport that requires lots of joint mobility and stability. The rotational forces on the extremities and axial skeleton makes the body vulnerable to injuries at various points of stress in the golf swing. Often a decrease in mobility in one area leads to an increased load on the neighboring joint. With multiple repetition over 18 holes or more, these rotational forces compound themselves and potentially cause overuse or strain/sprain type injuries.

At Activcore, we use the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) model of assessing the body for physical limitations that may arise in the golf swing. Using a rigorous assessment process and extensive data that Titleist has collected on thousands of golfers (both amateur and professional), we know how one’s body should move in order to facilitate a mechanically sound golf swing. When we identify these physical limitations in your body, we can then implement a plan of care that addresses them. Through a smart and specific movement based assessment for golf, we can also reduce the incidence of injury, improve performance, and keep you on the golf course longer.

What happens when your body gets in the way of playing golf?

  • Neck and low back pain
  • Shoulder and elbow pain
  • Thoracic stiffness
  • Hip tightness
  • Core weakness
  • Loss of swing velocity
  • Inconsistent ball contact
  • Fatigue on the back-9
  • Decreased mobility into backswing and follow through

While these symptoms are common among golfers, they are not normal and should be addressed by a qualified healthcare provider.

If this sounds like you, click here to find an Activcore location to get help now.

 

 

A Neuromuscular Focus

Most golfers will develop pain or sustain an injury in their neck and/or back at some point, but that doesn’t mean the problem starts or ends there. For many athletes, the underlying cause of musculoskeletal pain comes from a lack of coordination and control of the muscles that stabilize movements in your shoulders, pelvis, hips, spine and extremities.

The ability to properly sequence how all of these pieces work together as a unit is called neuromuscular control. Many physical events (sports injuries, orthopedic surgeries, changes in the body as a young athlete grows, etc.) can disrupt the way your neuromuscular system functions. Over time, the brain loses its capacity to switch on the right muscles, at the right time, with the right amount of strength. A process known as neuromuscular de-activation.

As you lose muscle control, there's a tendency for the body to put abnormal stress on your joints in an attempt to maintain the same level of activity. This can often lead to a vicious cycle of pain, weakness and dysfunction.

 

TPI Golf Swing Assessment

How can Activcore help?

Working with golfers is typically not a big part of a physical therapist’s education. It is a specialization requiring much further study, training and practice following graduation.

Activcore physical therapists are uniquely qualified to assess and treat golfers. At every session, you will receive 55 minutes of undivided attention from a physical therapist specializing in golf. This one-on-one approach allows your physical therapist to complete a comprehensive assessment, develop an individualized treatment plan, and get the most out of you at every visit for the fastest results possible.

The assessment involves your whole body to identify not only the site of injury, but the true source of your pain, weakness and dysfunction. Addressing the underlying cause is absolutely essential for healing an injury, preventing recurrence, and keeping you healthy and at a peak level of performance.

TPI Golf Swing Image

Activcore physical therapists are specially trained to know how to optimize the mind-muscle connection so that you can regain control of your swing. A process known as neuromuscular activation.

They are experts in application of the Redcord suspension system, the preeminent tool for delivering neuromuscular activation. Each treatment consists of a series of tailored exercises intelligently designed to help you develop a smarter, balanced body. They integrate Redcord with other progressive methods — like manual therapy, postural restoration, and resistance training exercises — to get you back on the course as quickly and as safely as possible.

Once your pain has been addressed, you will have the opportunity to continue honing your movement through performance training. When you maximize how your body moves in the golf swing, you also maximize the opportunity for improvements in club head speed, power, distance, and consistency.

You will feel the Activcore difference from your first visit. A highly personalized experience applying the latest breakthrough techniques in the treatment and training of golfers — delivered by a passionate team of movement experts fully dedicated to getting you back to the sport you love to play.

 

 

Neuromuscular Activation is like flipping on a light switch to muscles that have gone dim due to injury, pain and inactivity. Utilizing the Redcord suspension system, your provider will take you through exercises that demand total body awareness and precise muscle control. There are slings and bungee cords to assist you with each movement. Similar to floating in water, this creates a weightless and painless environment where you can safely develop strength, stability and optimal neuromuscular control, regardless of your age or physical condition.

 

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Neuromuscular Activation

Postural Muscle Retraining consists of specialized stabilization exercises, breathing techniques, and verbal and tactile cues to help you strengthen and regain control of your pelvis, hips and core — and up to your shoulders and neck. An emphasis is placed on restoring mobility and stability of your thoracic spine, a common area of tightness and dysfunction.

 

Postural Muscle Retraining

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) involves placing a very thin needle into muscles at their trigger point. This is an area where the muscle is tight and often tender. The intent is to contract and then release the muscle, improving overall flexibility and decreasing pain. TPDN can be a valuable treatment for enhancing neuromuscular performance by modulating myofascial pain and spasms, and preparing the body for exercise and activity.

Dry Needling

Manual Therapy is skilled hands-on movements and manipulations of your joints and soft tissues intended to release myofascial trigger points, modulate pain, induce relaxation, improve range of motion, and reduce swelling and inflammation. Oftentimes, manual therapy can help prepare your body for more active interventions like exercise and strength training. Some examples of manual therapy include:

 

  •  Myofascial release

  •  Joint mobilizations

  •  Spinal manipulations

  •  Manual traction

  •  Stretch therapy

  •  Craniosacral therapy

  •  Lymphatic drainage massage

Manual Therapy

Strength training is essential for optimal long term health and performance. At Activcore, our physical therapists and performance specialists have a strong understanding of how to appropriately modify, regress, and progress exercises based on you and your specific condition. They apply functional exercises with use of kettlebells, barbells, conditioning ropes and other training tools — modified or scaled into many different variations or positions to achieve the goal of building strength and muscle control for better fitness and function.

Strength Training

Pilates can help optimize your performance through exercises that support the natural curves of your spine while balancing muscular strength with flexibility. Activcore offers Pilates private sessions, semi-private sessions, and small group classes. Our performance specialists are all trained and certified in Pilates and thoroughly engaged in your success. Depending on your needs, we may implement the following Pilates apparatus:

 

  •  Reformer

  •  Trapeze

  •  Barrel

  •  Tower

  •  Wundachair

Pilates Apparatus

Functional Movement Assessment is a total body approach, with the primary goal to identify which portion of a functional movement pattern is restricting how you move for your sport and everyday life. We move in patterns, not in individual segments. The whole is only as good as the sum of all its parts. A functional movement assessment looks beyond local impairments, because it is more important to understand how this local impairment can influence your global functional movement patterns, like throwing a softball, swimming freestyle, or spiking a volleyball. 

Functional Movement Assessment

Neuromuscular Activation

Neuromuscular Activation is like flipping on a light switch to muscles that have gone dim due to injury, pain and inactivity. Utilizing the Redcord suspension system, your provider will take you through exercises that demand total body awareness and precise muscle control. There are slings and bungee cords to assist you with each movement. Similar to floating in water, this creates a weightless and painless environment where you can safely develop strength, stability and optimal neuromuscular control, regardless of your age or physical condition.

 

SWIPE TO SEE MORE METHODS >>

 

 

Postural Muscle Retraining

Postural Muscle Retraining consists of specialized stabilization exercises, breathing techniques, and verbal and tactile cues to help you strengthen and regain control of your pelvis, hips and core — and up to your shoulders and neck. An emphasis is placed on restoring mobility and stability of your thoracic spine, a common area of tightness and dysfunction.

 

Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) involves placing a very thin needle into muscles at their trigger point. This is an area where the muscle is tight and often tender. The intent is to contract and then release the muscle, improving overall flexibility and decreasing pain. TPDN can be a valuable treatment for enhancing neuromuscular performance by modulating myofascial pain and spasms, and preparing the body for exercise and activity.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is skilled hands-on movements and manipulations of your joints and soft tissues intended to release myofascial trigger points, modulate pain, induce relaxation, improve range of motion, and reduce swelling and inflammation. Oftentimes, manual therapy can help prepare your body for more active interventions like exercise and strength training. Some examples of manual therapy include:

 

  •  Myofascial release

  •  Joint mobilizations

  •  Spinal manipulations

  •  Manual traction

  •  Stretch therapy

  •  Craniosacral therapy

  •  Lymphatic drainage massage

Strength Training

Strength training is essential for optimal long term health and performance. At Activcore, our physical therapists and performance specialists have a strong understanding of how to appropriately modify, regress, and progress exercises based on you and your specific condition. They apply functional exercises with use of kettlebells, barbells, conditioning ropes and other training tools — modified or scaled into many different variations or positions to achieve the goal of building strength and muscle control for better fitness and function.

Pilates Apparatus

Pilates can help optimize your performance through exercises that support the natural curves of your spine while balancing muscular strength with flexibility. Activcore offers Pilates private sessions, semi-private sessions, and small group classes. Our performance specialists are all trained and certified in Pilates and thoroughly engaged in your success. Depending on your needs, we may implement the following Pilates apparatus:

 

  •  Reformer

  •  Trapeze

  •  Barrel

  •  Tower

  •  Wundachair

Functional Movement Assessment

Functional Movement Assessment is a total body approach, with the primary goal to identify which portion of a functional movement pattern is restricting how you move for your sport and everyday life. We move in patterns, not in individual segments. The whole is only as good as the sum of all its parts. A functional movement assessment looks beyond local impairments, because it is more important to understand how this local impairment can influence your global functional movement patterns, like throwing a softball, swimming freestyle, or spiking a volleyball. 

COMMON CONDITIONS

  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • AC joint repair surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgeries
  • Bicep tendon surgery
  • Biceps tendinitis / tendonitis
  • Cervical spine dysfunction
  • Decreased rotational mobility
  • Elbow instability
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fractures
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfers elbow
  • Hip pain
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Joint sprains
  • Knee pain
  • Labral tears
  • Labral surgery
  • Lateral epicondylalgia / epicondylitis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Lower back pain
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Lumbar spine dysfunction
  • Medial epicondylalgia / epicondylitis
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve injuries
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Rotator cuff dysfunction
  • Rotator cuff repair surgery
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Scapular dyskinesis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder (glenohumeral) instability
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Shoulder subluxation
  • SLAP repair surgery
  • SLAP tears
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinitis / Tendonitis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Thoracic spine dysfunction
  • Tommy John surgery
  • Ulnar collateral ligament dysfunction
  • Ulnar tunnel syndrome

5 stars

When I first met Bryan Lynd at Activcore my goal was clear: to walk onto the first tee at the senior men’s club championship as a 55 year old and have my competitors be intimidated by having to play such a youthful and athletic golfer. Not only did I achieve this, but I won the championship. Working with Bryan I was able to overcome a labral tear in my shoulder and avoid having to get surgery. Using the Redcord system I have been able to strengthen my core and continue to improve my golf game as I get older. — Matt M., 2019 Senior Men’s Club Champion, Winged Foot G.C.

 

 

5 stars

Activcore is unlike anything I have ever experienced. One patient, one provider, one hour – one at a time, every time. If you’re serious about your physical therapy and recovery, this is the only place to go! — Michael

 

 

5 stars

I was looking for assistance with my golf clients who were dealing with pain while trying to play. Luckily I met Bryan, and after talking with and being treated by him I was very confident in his abilities as a therapist and was able to refer my clients to him. From there, we formed a partnership in which we put clients through the TPI golf mobility screen, as well as a TPI performance screen. Thanks to Bryan and his extremely detailed work assessing movement, pain, and dysfunction, our clients had a detailed plan in place from the very first assessment. — Keiran Halton, Golf Performance Coach

 
 
 
5 stars

Partnering with a TPI Medical Professional has been a huge benefit in helping my students improve their swing. Everyone's physical make up is different, so it is imperative to understand the limitations of my students. By partnering with a therapist, we can discuss what needs to be done in order to help a student with their game. The TPI approach to instruction is vital. Having Dr. Bryan Lynd in my corner has helped take my instruction to another level! — Nick Iacono, PGA Teaching Professional

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