RHCI clinicians offer tips for injury-free golf in June in Sandwich

Next in Healthy Living Series: injury-free golf

Want to avoid golf injuries?  Staying Healthy and Successful on the Course is the topic of the next Healthy Living Series presentation Wednesday, June 16 at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands (RHCI), 311 Service Road, East Sandwich.  Rehabilitation physician Scott Abramson, MD, and physical therapist assistant Darren Leveille, member of RHCI's Back in the Swing therapy team, will begin the free program at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

"Understanding the mechanics of the golf swing and a golfer's desire to play - no matter the injury - allows me to tailor a proper treatment program to keep my patients on the course," says Abramson, an avid golfer himself.  "My goal is to keep everyone playing while using the best conservative treatments available."

"We see so many patients with injuries from golf and other sports," adds Leveille.  "By following some common sense techniques, most of these injuries can be avoided.  By understanding the anatomy of the body in motion, you can actually improve your performance," he says.

The presentation is appropriate for both experienced and novice golfers of all ages and abilities.  Abramson will explain the anatomy of golf, review the more common injuries, such as shoulder and low back pain or tennis/golf elbow, and explain when to see a physician for diagnosis and treatment.  He will emphasize the importance of a fitness routine to improve flexibility, strength and endurance.

Leveille, a Class A custom club maker with many years of experience as both a golfer and therapist, will explain swing mechanics and offer his own "swing prescription" to minimize the risk of injury.  "I haven't seen a golfer yet that can't improve his/her game and reduce injury risk through improved biomechanics, flexibility training and proper golf-specific exercises.  There are also plenty of options for modifying equipment for players with arthritis, back pain or other specialized needs."

To pre-register for the presentation, call 508-833-4210 or register online at www.rhci.org/events.   RHCI is a member of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and affiliated with Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's hospitals.

Courtesy of RHCI.

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