Best Stretches for your Golf Game

By: Brian Rog, Eric Buck MBA, ATC and Tyler Nohren, MS, ATC for ATI Physical Therapy

Best Stretches for your Golf Game by ATI Physical Therapy

How often do we find ourselves full-throttling it to the course, quickly slipping on the cleats and running at the pace of an Olympian to the first tee box? While we like to think that the run from the car to the first tee and those sweat-infused efforts at the range days before a round will translate into that once fantasized single digit handicap, the reality of the situation couldn’t be further disconnected from that fantasy.

Unfortunately, many of us overlook the simplest of necessities before squaring up on the first tee box – setting aside time to stretch! By not stretching, our bodies are never given that opportunity to properly adapt and adjust to the physical demands on the course, resulting in a serious lack of longevity, and ultimately distancing ourselves from that below-par round.

Let’s all make a promise to ourselves to weave in at least 30 minutes of stretching prior to that 18-hole adventure. Your body and scorecard are at the helm of your disciplinary skills, so take control of both and incorporate these stretches before and after a round. Take a look at the following short video where the reasons why and benefits of pre- and post-round stretches are discussed and demonstrated.

Golf pre-round stretches

  • Hip swing
  •  Trunk rotation
  •  Forearm strengthening
  •  Hamstrings and back

Following your round of golf, it’s not uncommon for aches and pains to creep up on you, so to combat these adversities, be sure to fit in time for the following stretches. Your body will thank you later!

Golf post-round stretches

  • Lat stretch
  •  Golfer’s elbow prevention

If aches and pains are getting in the way of your golf game, it’s time to take action. Stop by your nearest ATI Physical Therapy clinic for a complimentary injury screening where one of our licensed providers will take a look at your areas of discomfort and provide next-step suggestions in care.


Is Genetic and Testing Right for You?; Non Surgical Treatment for Arthritis

Episode 17.19 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:25): Scott Weissman, MS, CGC from Chicago Genetic Consultants talks about the value of genetic consulting to assess your risk of certain conditions with a comfort in knowing that you will be making fully informed decisions about genetic testing and your health.

The decision to evaluate your risk of having or developing a genetic condition is not an easy one to make.  There are many complexities that go into the choice to undergo genetic testing and meeting with a certified and licensed genetic counselor is one of the most important parts of the genetic testing process in a variety of genetics disciplines including:

  • Cancer Genetics
  • Neurogenetics
  • Cardiogenetics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Ocular Genetics
  • Whole genome/exome sequencing
  • Carrier Screening
  • Interpretation of genetic test results from direct-to-consumer genetic testing

Chicago Genetic Consultants

Segment Two (16:50): Dr. Adam Yanke from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush talks about Non Surgical Treatment for Arthritis. How biologic or stem cell therapy is used in the treatment of certain conditions. Dr. Yanke’s motivation to perform both clinical and basic science research has always been to deliver the most advanced patient care possible.

This includes being involved in clinical trials that utilize stem cell injections for arthritis. He also believes that the cornerstones of good orthopedic care are proper indications and understanding that non-operative measures are commonly the most appropriate treatment.

How You Can Avoid Biking Injuries

Dr. Gregory Nicholson, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush shoulder surgeon, treats many patients that have sustained bike injuries. He talks with FOX 32 Chicago host Sylvia Perez about how cyclists can prevent these injuries.

As biking becomes more popular, bike injuries are becoming more common. Researchers found that there were 288,501 cases of non-fatal bike accident injuries in the United States in 2013, up from 177,275 in 1997.  Chicago actually has more bicycle commuters per capita than New York or Los Angeles.

Bicycle injuries are on the rise in Illinois and the majority of them occur on the roads.  With the staggering rise of bike injuries being reported, it is important to follow basic safety tips and prevention techniques to stay safe and reduce injury while cycling.

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

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When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

By David Epstein – Sports Science Reporter – Ted Talk