I would like to thank David Donnatucci and his staff at Florida Institute of Performance for their kind hospitality and willingness to learn more about the science of Postural Restoration and how it is applied to golfers.
On July 29th I flew to West Palm Beach Florida to consult with Donnatucci. It did not take long before I knew that I had colleague as passionate about golf biomechanics, neurology and respiration as I am. David
works with two rising stars in the golf fitness arena Barrett Stover and Isabelle Lyndl. Together they are responsible for the physical health and fitness for several top LPGA and PGA tour players and accomplished amateur players as well.
David has a business that is located at PGA national and caters to those individuals who want to use exercise to increase their longevity in the game and to help them play better golf. David reached out to Jennifer Poulin and me to help him process and apply the science of Postural Restoration and how it relates to helping his players.
My first day was spent mostly evaluating players with David, Barrett and Isabelle keenly observing and taking notes. This proved to be invaluable because I was able to communicate with them how to perform the PRI tests correctly and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls with the tests. All of the players that we evaluated were patterned right handed golfers who we simply needed to test the integrity of their hip and lumbar ligaments and then prescribe the correct ligamentous muscle to help support the overstretched non-contractile tissue.
As predicted, every golfer fell into one of two categories, a patho-PEC or patho-Left AIC. Patho-PEC players are those individuals that due to occupational demands have jeopardized soft tissue in order to perform their job with a pelvis that was not in the proper position to do so. This process of over stretching ligaments usually takes place early
in their development and can be traced as far back as their teen or pre-teen years. Luckily postural restoration provides a solution to help these players by prescribing exercises to inhibit muscle tone that is driving them into this pattern and then facilitating muscle to support the joints that have overstretched ligaments.
Day 2 continued to be a day of assessing new players and following up with the players who were already evaluated. This was an off-week for the LPGA tour so we were able to get some consistent work done with most of the ladies. Day 2 was rewarding in that we were able to review many of the Postural Respiration manual techniques to establish better rib position and mechanics. For those athletes that needed a left zone of apposition the results were immediate and we were able to undo years of bad patterning that may or may not have been causing pain.
My last day at the Florida Institute of Performance was spent integrating some of the concepts of what we doing as part of their PRI repositioning program and integrating it in the strength and conditioning programs of the players.
Both professional and amateur players were able to appreciate a new, better more efficient position of their body. I hope with consistency these players continue to develop into the best most injury resistant athletes that they can be.
A special thanks to the athletes for being open to trying new things. Being around professionals like this makes me demand more out of myself so thank you and thank you David for the opportunity to help your team.