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SPRI Golf Sports Medicine Program

The SPRI Golf Sports Medicine Program is a one-of-a-kind program that meets at the intersection of cutting-edge biomotion technology, golf assessment and coaching. Employing the unique capabilities of SPRI’s Biomotion Laboratory and a state-of-the-art launch monitor and simulator from Foresight Sports, this program provides clients with a personalized, customized experience based on their goals for their golf performance as well as their physical health.

The SPRI Golf Sports Medicine Program features a portfolio of offerings including golf lessons and coaching, biomechanical assessments and physical assessments. The program offers one or two-hour sessions as well as an immersive day experience—the Golf Performance Assessment (GPA)—that provides the ultimate assessment of one’s golf swing, body mechanics and even equipment selection. The program includes a collaboration with Howard Head Sports Medicine and leverages SPRI’s symbiotic partnership with The Steadman Clinic.

Golf Instruction

Program Director Steve Atherton—a PGA Master Professional—provides personalized golf coaching to participants in the Golf Sports Medicine Program, which includes the use of force plates, video analysis, and Foresight’s GC Quad Launch Monitor and simulator system. Participants can choose a one-hour lesson or a two-hour session that includes swing improvement and a playing lesson on one of the golf simulator’s elite courses.

Participants seeking a more in-depth biomechanical profile can elect for golf instruction + motion analysis, which utilizes the SPRI Biomotion Lab’s integrated Qualisys system. This system provides unmatched movement analysis by placing reflective markers in strategic spots on the body and capturing their precise movement with over 20 infrared cameras.

Golf Club Fitting is an additional offering for participants looking to try new golf equipment or assess their current club selections.


Golf Performance Assessment (GPA)

The Golf Performance Assessment (GPA) is a unique offering designed for golf lovers who are looking for an experience unlike any other. The GPA is an immersive service that includes a morning session in the Biomotion lab with PGA Master Professional and Program Director Steve Atherton and an afternoon session with Titleist Performance Institute-certified (TPI-C) experts at Howard Head Sports Medicine (HSSM). The morning session includes a swing analysis and golf equipment assessment, including Qualisys swing measurement, force plate data and GC Quad launch monitor for the most accurate golf assessment analysis available.

The afternoon session includes a full physical screen with TPI-C physical therapists. The goal of this assessment is to determine how participants can improve speed, strength, balance and movement while preventing injuries.

The combination of the most advanced golf performance technology and coaching with unmatched physical assessment provides GPA clients with the most accurate and comprehensive analysis of their golf game possible. Upon completion of the experience, Steve and the HHSM therapist review a detailed report and create a precise plan to help the participant improve their body, swing, golf performance and equipment. Together, Steve and HHSM serve as GPA clients’ personal golf team, dedicated to helping them play better and stay healthy.


Service Offerings and Rate

Service Rate
Golf Instruction $300/hour
Golf Instruction with Motion Capture $500/hour (2-hour minimum)
Golf Club Fitting $300/hour
Golf Instruction with TPI-C Assessment $500/hour
Golf Performance Assessment Please contact golf@sprivail.org for more information
Custom Experience (group lesson, etc.) Please contact golf@sprivail.org for more information


For more information about the SPRI Golf Sports Medicine Program or to schedule a session, please email golf@sprivail.org or call Steve Atherton at (970) 479-2050.
Technology and Assessment Offerings
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:
Biomotion Laboratory
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.
Golf Simulator
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.
Howard Head Sports Medicine Physical Screening
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.

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