The reason is because early specialization in sport is becoming increasingly more common amongst children in the United States, and it’s not working. The rationale behind such a decision typically being if a child plays one sport, year round, they will be more advanced than their peers, more likely to be the ‘star’, get recruited, and/or possibly go on to make millions.
Recent research from UCLA reveals that early specialization in sport has very poor connection with young athletes achieving elite status. A survey of almost 300 NCAA Division I athletes found that 88% played two or three sports as children and 70% did not specialize in one sport until after the age of 12. These findings were already understood in former East Germany and USSR within their youth development programs.
Gallagher Performance offers individualized, golf-specific rehabilitation to performance programs. As a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Medical Level 2 Professional, Dr. Gallagher will take you through a comprehensive physical screen to determine functional limitations in your body. This 16-step process serves to identify your ideal body swing connection, enabling golfers to find new efficiency in their game while avoiding injury inducing swing mechanics.
When it comes to the rehabilitation of golf-specific injuries, the information gathered from your TPI physical screen is combined with further movement diagnostic testing to pinpoint the exact cause of your pain and physical limitations. These become the keys to designing the early stages of your golf-specific rehabilitation program.
As we progress from rehabilitation to return-to-play, our focus must shift to performance. We dive in strength, power, and other physical indicators that translate into more club head speed, greater consistency in your game, and increased resilience of your body.
Whether you are looking to play pain free golf or lower your handicap, the TPI professional at Gallagher Performance is able to develop a program designed to reach your goals and elevate your golf game.