Golf

By Shelley McClellan, D.P.T., C.S.C.S.

Pain on the medial (or inside) aspect of the elbow as a result on tendonitis is often referred to as golfer’s elbow. Like its counterpart “tennis elbow” (lateral epicondylitis), which is tendonitis on the outside aspect of the elbow, both conditions are generally the result of over-use of the forearm musculature. The symptoms include: pain emanating from the elbow and tenderness to the touch at the bony part of the elbow.

Let’s talk about "mindset," which I consider to be an essential contributor to athletic success and a mental area. This topic is also where professional and Olympic athletes offer wonderful examples in which they use different mindsets to perform at their highest level consistently. As a kid, I would watch my older brothers play basketball all the time to the point it stuck my interest. Before I picked up a basketball, I thought I wouldn’t be able to play like them but I changed my mindset and gave it a try anyway. Practicing and working with my brothers helped me gain a competitive edge and confidence.

Right now there is a plethora of “sport specific” training tools out on the market. All of which have had some middling success. These devices and contraptions prey on the same people the fitness industry preys upon, the quick/easy fix population. Make no mistake though; there is no quick and easy way to get better at sports. Every aspect of getting better at sport is very specific and time consuming. So let’s cover a couple topics today, strength in sport and energy demand in sport.

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