The Golf Rehab Clinic was established so that golfers can enjoy playing the game well into their senior years through golf-specific musculoskeletal screening and physical conditioning.
The 2017 Golf Australia Annual Report found that 57% of club golfers were over the age of 55 (1). Research has shown that susceptibility to musculoskeletal injuries for golfers of this age group is higher than any other for soft tissue injuries, osteoarthritis, and low back pain (2). Participation in golf for older adults contributes to the majority of their physical activity, and the benefits of social interaction contribute to their mental wellness (3).
Older golfers who undertake physical conditioning programmes incorporating flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance, are able to treat or prevent age-related musculoskeletal conditions to prolong their participation in golf (4). Components of the Golf Rehab Clinic’s programmes have been used successfully since 2010 to provide golfers with a stronger, less fatiguing, and safer game. Objectively, the Golf Rehab Clinic has enabled golfers to;
Improve swing and handicap
Improve posture and reduce low back pain
Improve strength and power to increase clubhead speed and shot distance
(1) Golf Australia Annual Report 2017
(2) Cann et al. (2005) JGPT
(3) Murray et al. (2016) BJSM
(4) Lindsay et al. (2000) SM