Golf Assessment – injury, movement and performance

Almost 1 million Australians play golf, making it one of the highest participation sports nationally. With so many Australians participating in golf, it also leads to an increase in golf-related injuries. 

While golf may not be considered a high impact sport, it requires a large amount of flexibility, strength and spinal stability. When playing golf, the forceful rotation and impact of the swing can lead to a sprain in the wrist, elbow and place a strain on the back, especially if swinging from within the bunker.    

According to the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), lower back pain is the most common injury in golfers as 28% of golfers experience lower back pain after every round. This is a result of the rotation of your back, where it is the thoracic, lumbar and pelvic muscles that control your powerful swings.   

When it comes to your swing, we want it to be as powerful as possible without causing further injury to your body, that’s why form and technique play an essential role in avoiding injury in the muscles and joints. As sports physiotherapists, we can identify any stiffness or motor control issues that are limiting the range of your golf swings.   

Here at Progressive Physio, our Golf Screen and Movement Assessment will highlight any injury risk that you may have while swinging. These are performed by our TPI accredited physiotherapist, Jordan. During our Golf Screen and Movement Assessment, we can evaluate your posture, range of motion, muscle strength and injury risks that can highlight any weakness or restrictions that make cause future injury.   

The Golf Screen and Movement Assessment include:   

  • 1hr assessment which includes a swing movement and strength/endurance component.   
  • An exercise program and report of your findings.   
  • Complimentary 30min follow up to ensure you are on the right track.   
  • Optional power assessment in an additional consultation if you would like to improve your carry distance.    

Getting you feeling great and playing your best golf is our top priority at Progressive. That’s why, this assessment will also provide an insight into your rehabilitation for your strength and conditioning.  

If you’re a regular golf player and often experience aches and pains in the shoulders, back, elbows and wrist, contact the Progressive team today or book a golf-specific physiotherapy consultation. 

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.