For the Golfers out there I would just like to announce I am officially a certified Medical professional registered with the Titleist Professional Institute (TPI), Level 1. So what does this mean? For you, as a golfer, it means a number of good things like golf specific care and understanding of the biomechanics of what may be affecting your performance or causing injuries. It also means I have a access to a network of golf professionals that are able to take care of any and all of your golf related needs: fitness, medical and swing coaches.
In the event you've never heard of this so-called TPI, I've already met a few golfers unaware of its existence, you're missing out! The TPI takes pride in assembling great teams of like-minded professionals to help all golfers return to healthy play, stay healthy and get the best from their clubs and body. Whether you're a junior or seasoned veteran that's played every course in the western US, the TPI pro can help.
So what do we do? Although many of us come from a spectrum of different disciplines we are all trained to identify swing characteristics, movement screen and golf specific terminology. This is the meat of the level 1 certification. After level 1 we are allowed to go into discipline-specific further education as it applies to our profession. The golf pro would delve into more swing mechanic specific material, the fitness professional would go further into golf-specific fitness material and the medical professional dives into golf specific injuries and how to rehab for return to play.
What does this mean for the average player? Simple, it means that when you seek out assistance from a TPI pro you are privy to a team of professionals to get you back on the course faster, stronger than before, fitter than before and with a more efficient game which should result in lower scores in no time!
"So what is the medical side of things", you might ask? Simple, with the experience of the TPI's staff, led by the infamous Greg Rose who helped to create the functional movement screen and selective functional movement assessment, they have constructed a 16 part movement screen that identifies limitations in any golfer that can help to identify possible swing deficiencies. Why is this important? Even easier, when movement deficiencies are identified we are able to recognize compensations and predict injuries. When movement deficiencies are identified they can then be eliminated with appropriate interventions including chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitative exercises to stabilize or mobilize areas in need.
The TPI also goes the extra mile to ensure every TPI pro is familiar with the game of golf. Not necessarily that we all play, which I do, but more by way of requiring us to understand the terminology of the game. This may not seem important but when my golf pro sends me a player that has a problem with early releasing, chicken winging and elbow pain I need to know what that means straight away. Without that understanding of those terms, I would be wasting both our time screening something that I've already been given the keys to the castle to jump straight into treatment. Oh, by the way, I do play! I even have my own clubs, that may or may not fit my taller frame. Haha, make sure to ask me when you see me, I may be getting some new ones in the near future.
So if you're serious about your golf; getting out of pain, dropping your score, being able to play more than just 9 holes before you fatigue or fix that "Charles Barkley-esque" hitch in your swing got to MYTPI.com today, click the link "find an expert", enter your postal code and find the fitness, medical or golf pro for your needs. And if they are doing their job they will have a network of pros to refer you to for the areas they don't work in.