The SPRI Golf Sports Medicine Program includes the use of leading-edge biomotion technology, golf coaching and physical assessments. Below, learn more about the technology used for this innovative program:
SPRI’s Biomotion Laboratory is equipped with some of the world’s most advanced technology, including a 20-camera, 12-megapixel 1100 frames-per-second video motion analysis system, Bertec force-sensing platforms (embedded in the floor) and wireless electromyographic sensors for analyzing muscle function. This equipment provides detailed measurement of the kinematics (motion) and kinetics (forces) that generate movement. Combined with our advanced analysis software, the lab can comprehensively assess an individual’s biomechanical profile for nearly any activity or sport.
In addition to general assessments of movement quality, the lab software can provide detailed, sport-specific analyses. A specialized Qualisys module specifically assesses the biomechanics of the golf swing. This software provides an in-depth view into how an individual’s movement may impact their golf swing, providing detailed metrics on swing components such as the kinematic chain, ground reaction force, center of pressure and club motion. Applications for these technologies go well beyond simply helping the average golfer improve his or her game. Our unique, multidisciplinary team (combining orthopaedic biomechanics experts in the Biomotion lab, the leading orthopaedic surgeons and athletic trainers of The Steadman Clinic, the rehabilitation specialists from Howard Head Sports Medicine and a PGA Master Professional) can use this comprehensive data to guide those recovering from injury or with an underlying orthopaedic condition to improve their physical function and optimize their performance.
The Biomotion technology is complemented by a cutting-edge golf simulator from Foresight Sports. This simulator includes the most advanced and precise launch monitor (the GC Quad), which utilizes infrared object tracking and high-speed, high-resolution camera-based technology to precisely measure every aspect of club head and ball launch performance. By capturing thousands of images per second, building a virtual 3D model and then analyzing a multitude of data components, the technology creates the most accurate and complete picture of ball and club head performance, delivered in nearly real time.
The biomotion measurements can be performed within the golf simulator, providing a unique linkage between the whole-body motion assessment and the resulting ball trajectory. The golf pro and client can immediately see the real-world results of changes in swing biomechanics, in terms of both distance and accuracy. This unique combination of technologies ensures that individuals get the full picture of their golf performance, from inside out.
Add the unparalleled graphic technology and simulation experience to the most advanced biomechanical assessments available, and participants of the SPRI Golf Sports Medicine Program will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience, supported by state-of-the-art technology backed by a legacy of research.
The Titleist Performance Institute-certified (TPI-C) physical therapists and golf specialists at Howard Head Sports Medicine (HHSM) conduct a full physical screen that includes top-of-the-line Keiser pneumatic machines to identify strengths and limitations. This helps determine how participants’ bodies affect their golf performance.
HHSM TPI-C therapists are musculoskeletal experts who are dedicated to understanding and solving for body limitations, dysfunction and prior injuries. The goal of the physical assessment at HHSM is to give participants actionable ways to improve speed, strength, balance and movement patterns while preventing injury.