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Healthy Swing: A Golf Rehabilitation Model

Parziale, John R. MD

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: July 2002 - Volume 81 - Issue 7 - p 498-501
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Parziale JR: Healthy swing: A golf rehabilitation model. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2002;81:498–501.

Objective To describe a rehabilitation model using a multidisciplinary team approach for the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with golf injuries or physically challenged persons desiring to play golf.

Design A retrospective, descriptive study of a multidisciplinary golf rehabilitation program that included evaluation by a physiatrist, a physical therapist, and a Professional Golf Association golf professional.

Results A total of 145 individuals were treated in this program between 1994 and 1997. The majority of subjects were amateur (95%), male golfers (80%), with a mean age of 55.7 yr (range, 14–80 yr). Golfing injuries of the lower back were the most common diagnosis and had a higher frequency in men than women (49%vs. 28%); women were more likely to have shoulder (28%vs. 10%) and elbow (13%vs. 9%) injuries than men. Interventions used included medical or surgical treatment (89%), physical rehabilitation, including exercises or diathermy (92%), and modification of golf swing technique (83%). Outcomes included a return to sports participation in 98% of subjects. All subjects with golf-induced injuries returned to sports participation, and one male and one female subject won state amateur golf championships.

Conclusion A comprehensive, multidisciplinary model for the evaluation and rehabilitation of golf injuries has been developed, using a team of healthcare professionals and a golf teaching professional. This approach may play a role in facilitating recovery and sports participation in injured golfers.

From University Rehabilitation, Brown University Medical School, East Providence, Rhode Island.

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to John R. Parziale, MD, University Rehabilitation, Brown University Medical School, 450 Veterans’ Memorial Parkway, East Providence, RI 02914.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.