Golf is a sport, and you are an athlete!

This game is one of the hardest in the world to master because of all the aspects that it requires to attain the level of play. These are just some of the areas that one must develop to be in control on the golf course:
• Mental toughness
 • Focus
 • Physical preparedness
 • The perfection of skill and timing
 • Flexibility
 • Strength
 • Muscular endurance
 • Joint health
 • Range of motion
 • Healthy posture

In part, the game can be frustrating when skills are lacking consistency is a struggle. In combination, the game leads to success and attainable goals. You feel better when you play. You last longer on the course in good form. You recover quicker for back-to-back rounds, or consecutive play days. You just get, well, better!

We're Here to help!

Achieve Sports Medicine and Elevation Golf have combined to offer you the best professionals in the area of analysis, biomechanics, injury prevention, recovery and more:
• TPI certified Physical Therapists
 • Golf Professionals specializing in motion and swing analysis
 • Physical Therapists nationally recognized for biomechanics analysis
 • Exercise Physiologists focusing on strength, power and flexibility
 • Injury Prevention programs for golf-specific acute and repetitive injury prediction and prevention

Common Injuries in Golf

With the swift, repetitive motions that golf requires, the body is put under quite a bit of stress that can lead to injury. These are the most common injuries that we see in golfers:
• Spine
- Disc and stress fractures from bending and twisting past your available range of motion in spine and hips
- Sciatic issues with referred pain from nerve entrapment
- Segmental dysfunction (feeling ‘stuck’) from muscles that are too tight, preventing individual level motion
- Acute muscle strain- over-swinging, hitting the ground, topping the ball and jarring, etc.
- Posture-based pain, often upper back and between shoulder blades, from forward lean, lack of properly conditioned muscles
- Lack of abdominal support for spine, rotation, posture and more

• Knees
- Meniscus issues from lack of proper body weight transition, front to back leg, and during swing
- Pain from arthritis from outside of golf, effecting swing and weight shifting
- IT Band (ITB) pain from hip tightness, lack of muscle balance, standing and walking gait and more

• Hips
- Gluteal and hip rotator pain from swinging too hard, excessive walking, improper weight transfer
- Bursitis from swing and standing/walking

• Foot and Ankle
- Shin splints from standing and walking on uneven surfaces
- Plantar fascia issues from stand/walk, lack of arch support in shoes
- Calf muscle pain from overuse (too many rounds too soon in season or too close together, increased steps/walking)
- Ankle sprains, often from the uneven surfaces of the course, fatigue of supportive muscles

• Shoulders
- Rotator cuff stress from overswinging
- Lack of flexibility leading to stress and strain at both ends of swing

• Elbow and Wrist
- Overgripping pain- irritation in the wrist flexors or even “tenodesis” muscles (grip with wrist extension)
- Strain on distal wrist joint from positioning, grip, overuse
- Elbow issues, lateral or medial, from grip and swing

Meet our team!

This is our highly trained team here to help you with your golf health! They include Physical Therapists, Golf Professionals, TPI Certified Instructors, Exercise Physiologists, and Athletic Trainers! Click on a picture to read their bios!

Gina Pongetti - Physical Therapist

Mike Mandakas - Golf Professional

Camille Vondruska - Physical Therapist

John DePasquale - Exercise Physiologist

Kevin Morris - Athletic Trainer