Gives Hands to Pro Golfers
the March 12, 2003 TCPalm.com new website comes a short feature story on
chiropractic care for professional golfers. According to the story there are
currently 10 chiropractors who take turns staffing the medical teams of the
Professional Golfers Association (PGA). During a tournament, the staff
chiropractor will often work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and care for between 25
to 40 golfers each day.
Dr. David Kassay is one of the
chiropractors on the tour. He commented, "Each day, it’s not unusual for a
third of them (golfers) to seek some kind of medical attention. Over the
course of a tournament, probably 80 percent of the players come by." The
medical teams and chiropractors are housed in large, expandable trailers
that have full care facilities and exercise equipment. They also have
televisions with both network and closed-circuit tournament coverage.
Dr. Kassay noted where the golfers
experience most of their problems during a tournament, "Most are in the
neck, the upper and lower back, shoulders, elbows and wrists; areas involved
in the golf swing. These guys are hitting a lot of golf balls through the
day, not just in the tournament but in practice, too. All that repetition is
demanding on the body. If they’re not in good shape, they’ll be hurting"