Diagnosis and management of golfing injuries on the PGA European Tour

Smith, Mark F (2008) Diagnosis and management of golfing injuries on the PGA European Tour. In: Science and Golf V:. Energy and Motion Inc., Mesa, US, pp. 328-334. ISBN 9780978873417

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Abstract

The study aim was to profile injury occurrence and treatment delivery in professional players on the PGA European Tour. Across two competitive seasons (2005/06), the PGA European Tour physiotherapy unit attended 36 tournaments, providing diagnostic and treatment-related support to the competitor. All contacts made to the unit throughout tournament play were documented to provide anonymous data relating to the number of contacts made, the number and types of injury-related problems, and the subsequent treatments provided. Results revealed that from the 6705 contacts made over the 36 events, 65.3% had no reported injury with 32.2% diagnosed as having joint or muscular related problems. More specifically, back-related injury accounted for 65.1% of all golf-related injuries reported, with upper and lower limb regions accounting for 17.2% and 17.3%, respectively. In total 9933 treatment sessions were provided during the 36 tournaments with the number of treatments per contact increasing for 1.4 to 1.6 across the study period. Massage accounted for 40.1% of all treatments provided, with manipulation and stretching accounting for 15.6% and 15.0%, respectively. Findings revealed a valuable insight into the prevalence of golf-related injuries encountered by the PGA European Tour physiotherapy unit and the resultant treatment administered. In developing golf-specific diagnostic and treatment tools in order to provide effective support services to the professional player on tour, data presented will allow for a more structured injury management system within tournament play.

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Additional Information:The study aim was to profile injury occurrence and treatment delivery in professional players on the PGA European Tour. Across two competitive seasons (2005/06), the PGA European Tour physiotherapy unit attended 36 tournaments, providing diagnostic and treatment-related support to the competitor. All contacts made to the unit throughout tournament play were documented to provide anonymous data relating to the number of contacts made, the number and types of injury-related problems, and the subsequent treatments provided. Results revealed that from the 6705 contacts made over the 36 events, 65.3% had no reported injury with 32.2% diagnosed as having joint or muscular related problems. More specifically, back-related injury accounted for 65.1% of all golf-related injuries reported, with upper and lower limb regions accounting for 17.2% and 17.3%, respectively. In total 9933 treatment sessions were provided during the 36 tournaments with the number of treatments per contact increasing for 1.4 to 1.6 across the study period. Massage accounted for 40.1% of all treatments provided, with manipulation and stretching accounting for 15.6% and 15.0%, respectively. Findings revealed a valuable insight into the prevalence of golf-related injuries encountered by the PGA European Tour physiotherapy unit and the resultant treatment administered. In developing golf-specific diagnostic and treatment tools in order to provide effective support services to the professional player on tour, data presented will allow for a more structured injury management system within tournament play.
Keywords:injury, professional, tournament golf
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:2241
Deposited By: Mark F Smith
Deposited On:19 Mar 2010 09:38
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:22

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