BIA Swing Rehab and Skill Recovery™

BIA Swing Rehab and Skill Recovery™ programming helps the special needs category of golfer re-learn and re-program dormant or lost skills in a manner that complies with both the correct mechanics of the swing and the current biomechanics of the golfer.  The premise is that even though an injury may have been “fixed”, the golf swing is still “broken”.  Because the golf swing is a motor skill that relies on able joint function and muscle resilience, special population golfers need help in recovering feel, rhythm, timing, and efficiency after a layoff and with a body that is now different than its pre-injured version.  Using the old blueprint or traditional blueprint of the biomechanics of a golf swing may no longer be possible or might even aggravate a medical or musculoskeletal condition. This category of golfer must be addressed in an entirely different manner. The swing once used in the past may no longer be possible to use now.  Or, the swing required to use now must focus on:
  1. Recovery of skills once used but now has a loss of “feel” or brain-body disconnect.
  2. Recovery of the capacity to engage a vibrant sensory monitoring system for active motor control stabilization of the stroke.
  3. Recovery of synchronization and kinematical action.
  4. Recovery of stability, consistency, rhythm, and lawful alignments.

 BIA Swing Rehab and Skill Recovery™ concentrates on:
  1. Altered or revised patterns of motion that navigate along newly designed golf technique pathways which is with-in the present functional capacity of the golfer.
  2. New sense impressions and feels for these new patterns.
  3. Specific steps, drills, and entrainment methods including developing the art of extrinsic and intrinsic monitoring for navigated motion management.

The key is that the chosen technique alterations must be designed with consideration for present functional capacity and pattern execution viability.  Unlike other sports that require reaction to a moving object (referred to as an open skill), golfers must act upon a stationary object and create a motion that produces harmony, correct alignments, with adherence to the constraints of biomechanical comportment to the set-up that are dictated by the design of the golf club.  

Golf is a closed skill.  Golf strokes must be grooved by developing precision through motor control stabilization coupled with vigilant sensory monitoring.  If the ability to obtain the required feedback is altered or impaired, then regardless of how well the healing process has progressed, the reliance on the original golf stroke motor “program” will not produce the results needed with the current post rehab functional state of the golfer.

Remember healing does not mean complete reversal or return back to the pre-injured state.  It means that pain, swelling, and damage has been contained, resolved, or repaired.  This is necessary and beneficial.  

When we resume an interrupted activity such as golf we should never assume that the skill and ability has “healed” along with the injury or disability.  

The good news is that the body and brain operate under the umbrella of an interactive partnership and can develop altered and quite efficient ways of making the required physical actions and motions needed for “functional” and “lawful” golf participation.  Often, the rehabbed swing produces better results then it’s pre-injured one!  

The golfer who still suffers from chronic pain and swelling must take special care to not exceed the recommendations of the treating doctor or therapist.  The after-care recommendations along with all post rehab prescriptions can help reduce the uncomfortably of the return to golf activity.   

The key is to rehab the swing along with the body so that performance expression will be in harmony with present physical capabilities.  Golfers who follow this route and take advantage of swing rehab recover their skill for golf and often improve to become a better golfer then they were before the injury.
Anyone remember a golfer by the name of Ben Hogan winning all those majors after his 1949 accident?  His ball-striking and command of his swing after his accident show all of us that an injury does not have to mean the end of golf but can be an opportunity to improve.   BIA Swing Rehab and Skill Recovery™ is the right program for the special needs golfer.

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