Attention Golfers Suffering With Joint Or Muscle Pain… Get Back In The Game With The Golf Fitness Screen

Today’s approach to player development has evolved beyond the basics of instruction and equipment to now include fitness.  Physical conditioning includes improving aspects of the body that can affect performance.  Perhaps you have already obtained some new equipment or received instruction to improve your shot making skills.  But have you taken steps to make sure your body, the most important element in the game, is ready?  Have you attempted to play with an injury in the past and hope that it won’t again become an issue?  Golfing with a healthy and efficient swing will help decrease the possibility of injury.

The Golf Fitness Screen

Designed to identify deficits in a golfer’s biomechanics which have been linked to injury and poor performance, the session lasts approximately one hour.  It consists of mobility, stability and balance tests specific to the demands of golf.  Once completed, a series of exercises are prescribed which are designed to address the assessment findings.

The golf fitness screen is performed at Piedmont Physical Therapy by Dr. David Ebbecke, DPT, MBA, TPI-CGFI MP-3.  Dr. Ebbecke has been a practicing physical therapist specializing in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation since 1996.  In addition to his interests in treating golfers, Dr. Ebbecke also enjoys working with lower extremity biomechanics to assist athletes and runners of all skill levels.  He is also the owner of Piedmont Physical Therapy.

More About ‘The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)’…

The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.  Comprised of a 60-member advisory staff of industry leading experts, nobody understands the risks associated with the golf swing better than TPI.  TPI’s mission is to educate golf industry professionals on the body/swing connection through it’s one of a kind ‘TPI Certified’ educational program.

TPI Philosophy

  • TPI seeks to educate golf industry professionals and the playing public on the importance of the body and how it relates to the golf swing.
  • TPI believes golfers will benefit from a healthy and efficient body.
  • TPI does not believe in one way to swing a club, rather in an infinite number of swing styles. TPI does however believe there is one efficient way for every player to swing and it is based on what the player can physically do.
  • The most efficient swing is not the same for every golfer because efficiency is unique to their body. To achieve an efficient swing, a golfer must first be screened.  This screen involves an assessment of swing mechanics and biomechanics, physical fitness, movement quality, current health and a client history.

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David. E. Ebbecke

After becoming a physical therapist in 1996, David continued his path toward specialization in orthopedics and manual therapy with the University of St. Augustine. He returned to his alma mater in 2004 to receive his doctorate which provided a stronger foundation for the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions. In 2009, David took ownership of Piedmont Physical Therapy (formerly Mizener, Ebbecke & Associates) from his predecessor, David Mizener who he continues to seek guidance and wisdom from to this day.

Integrating manual therapy with personalized exercises to reinforce efficient movement, David appreciates the science behind what he enjoys doing so much. What the years of practice have taught him, however, is that there is an art to caring for people, and that forging this bond between caregiver and client is what truly makes the rehabilitation process a successful one.
David. E. Ebbecke