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Mercy Health is trying to keep golfers injury-free as they hit the links

Posted at 4:30 AM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 08:30:11-04

CINCINNATI -- The game of golf is growing in popularity, and so are the reports of injuries. Mercy Health is launching a new program to help golfers reduce their risk of trauma.

“Golfers are susceptible to any kind of injury,” said Mercy Health Physical Therapist Make Piscitello.

Piscitello was on hand at the Prasco charity championship at TPC River’s bend in Maineville this week.

“Golf is a repetitive sport. We swing the club over and over again. Something’s bound to break down sooner or later,” Piscitello said.

Professional golfer Emma Jandel says injuries can be avoided.

“I used to suffer from a fair amount of back pain, and just having a routine and something that I do after I travel, I mean, I haven’t had any trouble,” Jandel said.

Some professional golfers have therapists on site to address issues if they arise. 

Mercy uses a 15-point screen to help every-day golfers figure out their limitations. 

“This is not as easy as it looks. Balancing with your eyes closed really challenges your proprioceptive system which is your nervous system, the little receptors in your joints that tell your brain where you are,” said Piscitello.

Mercy can even do a video swing analysis and they hope to be able to make those hard shots look easy.