-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Several biomechanical
differences appear to separate amateur and professional golfers,
Not only could the study identify ways for recreational golfers
to hit the ball farther, it could help prevent injuries, said the
Stanford University School of Medicine team that conducted the
The team used special digital cameras to analyze the full golf
swings -- from backswing to follow-through -- of five amateur and
10 professional male golfers.
The results showed that the swing biomechanics of the pros were
highly consistent, and their movements were almost
indistinguishable from one another at certain phases of their
The researchers also identified a number of differences between
the golf swings of duffers and pros.
"A precise understanding of optimal rotational biomechanics during the golf swing may guide swing modifications to help prevent or aid in the treatment of injury," the study authors wrote.
"The set of biomechanical factors we examined were selected to capture the essential elements of power generation," Jessica Rose, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and senior author of the study, said in a university news release.
Although only men were included in the study, the findings
likely apply to women but need examining, Rose said.
The study was published in the July 29 online edition of the
Journal of Applied Biomechanics.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons outlines ways to
prevent golf injuries.
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