Ocean City Sure Guide
JUNE 19 – JUNE 25, 2019
Periodization effective way to prepare for golf season
By: GRADY BROZYNA MSPT, OCS, COMT
Residency & Fellowship Trained in OMT
Shore Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Summer is here and I am sure you prepared your golf bag. But how are your rotator cuffs, hip joints and spinal discs?
If you have not been preparing for the past four weeks, then they are not ready for that first tee giant swing to impress the foursome. You are also at prime potential for injury and poor performance. But don’t fret: it’s never too late to ready the body.
Strength and conditioning coaches use what is called periodization to prepare athletes. This breaks down the year into three main categories: Offseason, preseason and in season.
Periodization is designed so the athlete has time to work on recovery and weak areas of performance in the offseason, ramp up to peak form and power during preseason and maximize performance during the season. Golfers are power athletes with swings taking as little as 2 seconds. So golfers should be training for power, which involves strength and speed. And they should be reaching their maximal potential in the heart of summer. That means preseason is spring and offseason winter.
Offseason is when the golfer must take some time and let the repetitive motions stop so the body can heal.
Have a spa day or two to work out the byproducts that build inside the muscles and connective tissue during the season. Sample a yoga class or stretch class to lengthen the muscles that tightened up playing all summer and fall. After a few weeks of rest, the remainder of the offseason should be spent working on the skills for which you are weakest. If you want more distance on your drives, then build strength in your legs and core. Use exercises such as squats and step-ups, pull-ups and push-ups to build basic strength.
Richard B. Islinger, MD
I Came to Dr. Islinger for an ankle fracture. The doctor took a lot of time at every visit explaining what was seen on exam, and my progress. I listened to instructions and followed them as told, and was very happy with my choice of doctor. I Could not have chosen anyone better. Forget what everyone says about going to a doctor in Philly.
The best doctors are right here in South Jersey at this practice. Dr. Islinger was surely the best!
– Donna Vetrone, Atlantic City, NJ
Patient: Mark S. Sciranka, Seville, NJ
Physician: Thomas A. Barrett, MD
I had a procedure on my right shoulder by Dr. Barrett. The total experience was exceptional. From the day of surgery to the follow-up visits. Initially I was a little apprehensive due the fact I had the same procedure on my Left shoulder several years ago and I remember the excruciating pain that followed. This time I had the procedure performed at Shore Medical Center and the anesthetist preformed a shoulder nerve block and it helped considerably with the pain following surgery. Dr. Barrett, in my opinion is the BEST at what he does, I have several surgeries performed by him and his attention to detail is uncanny. He is professional, courteous and knowledgeable, and explains everything so that the lay person can understand. I highly trust his professional opinion and his surgical expertise.
Gene J. DeMorat, MD
Weekend warriors’ watch out, rotator cuff injuries happen from simple yard work more often than they do from pitching nine innings
Rotator cuff injuries
The sharp pain in your shoulder that wakes you up when you roll over in the middle of the night might be your rotator cuff or several other things. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Gene DeMorat of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates, who works with local athletes and was a physician for the U.S. Olympic ski, snowboard and speed skating teams, works with many patients suffering with shoulder pain. “I work with athletes who have shoulder and rotator cuff problems due to injuries related to their sport. But more than athletes, I have weekend warriors who do a lot of damage to their shoulder in their own backyard,” said DeMorat.
Weekend Warriors are frequent patients
Spring is here and it is prime season for rotator cuff injuries according to Dr. DeMorat. “I see so many patients who come in with shoulder pain and it is not because they just pitched nine innings. It is because they have not done any exercise over the winter and there is a nice sunny day and they decide to go for a run even though they have been rather sedentary, not working out over the winter and they find themselves hurting. We see a lot of weekend warriors that come out with the good weather, doing a sudden burst of work, whether it is raking leaves, digging, lifting heavy objects or they decide to do some painting and they find themselves in some pretty significant discomfort.”
Patient: Leigh Cortina
Physician: Ted C. Lai, DPM