The aim of Study one was to investigate the effects of a once per week strength and conditioning program conducted over a seven week period on golf swing performance and musculoskeletal screening measures. Study two focused on the quantifying the relationship between changes in musculoskeletal screening measures and golf swing performance that occurred after the seven week exercise program described in Study one. The current thesis adds to the current literature on the effectiveness of exercise programs in golf in several ways. It demonstrates that a once a week, seven week exercise program can be successful in improving a number of musculoskeletal screening measures, although no significant changes were detected for any golf swing performance measure. However, results of this thesis also provide some insight into what aspects of the exercise prescription may most contribute to improved golf swing performance. Results supported the importance of the trunk with improved trunk rotation range of motion and lateral trunk flexion endurance significantly related to accuracy and overall Combine test score, respectively. Collectively, these results suggests that golfers can obtain benefits with reduced strength and conditioning frequency and duration and that increases in trunk range of motion and muscular endurance may contribute to improved golf swing performance.
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Exercise Physiology | Sports Sciences
Swing (Golf); Golf Physiological aspects.
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