Did anyone watch the Master’s this weekend? (April 6-9, 2023)
We did. And wow, what a show. It reminds me that even professional athletes are human, in reference to Jon Rahm pulling out a ham sandwich in the middle of the tournament. I will attest, I am not a huge golfer. In fact I have a hard time watching it because I don’t understand when an athlete has good form, bad form, or what a “good” shot looks like. Regardless of that, each professional (and amateur in this year’s tournament) golfer spend countless hours training physically with trainers, mentally, and actually on the golf course. Some also do sports vision training in order to get their eyes to sink the putt, or to use the appropriate force in their swing. Which takes depth perception and eye hand coordination. Sports vision training also strongly utilizes cervical positioning. What kind of sports vision exercises could you do in various cervical positions that are golf specific?
While you think about that, let me give you some ideas:
- Ball toss with cervical rotation
- Chart exercises in side plank. You could also have them do thread the needle with this to really work gaze stabilization after changing direction.
- Pursuits with eye hand coordination in cervical rotation at various distances and eye levels.
Although golf seems like a slower paced sport, it’s really not. It takes a significant amount of concentration, technique, and visual endurance to be above average at the sport. Next time you spectate golf, or participate yourself, think about what kind of visual requirements the sport takes and how you as a healthcare professional can improve those skills. Until next time…