The role of physiology in the development of golf performance

Smith, Mark F. (2010) The role of physiology in the development of golf performance. Sports Medicine, 40 (8). pp. 635-655. ISSN 0112-1642

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The attainment of consistent high performance in golf requires effective physical conditioning that is carefully designed and monitored in accordance with the on-course demands the player will encounter. Appreciating the role that physiology plays in the attainment of consistent performance, and how a player’s physicality can inhibit performance progression, supports the notion that the application of physiology is fundamental for any player wishing to excel in golf. With cardio-respiratory, metabolic, hormonal, musculo-skeletal and nutritional demands acting on the golfer within and between rounds, effective physical screening of a player will ensure physiological and anatomical deficiencies that may impact of performance are highlighted. The application of appropriate golf-specific assessment methods will ensure that physical attributes that have a direct impact on golf performance can be measured reliably and accurately. With the physical development of golf performance being achieved through a process of conditioning that’s purpose is to induce changes in structural and metabolic functions, training must focus on foundation whole-body fitness and golf-specific functional strength and flexibility activities. For long-term player improvement to be effective, comprehensive monitoring will ensure the player reaches an optimal physical state at pre-determined times in the competitive season. Through continual assessment of a player’s physical attributes, training effectiveness and suitability, and the associated adaptive responses, key physical factors that may impact most on performance success can be determined.

Keywords:Golf Science, physiology, performance, golf
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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Deposited On:10 Mar 2010 22:59

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