Movement variability and strength and conditioning in golf

Langdown, Benjamin Louis Gerard Raymond (2015). Movement variability and strength and conditioning in golf. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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The detrimental nature of movement variability has recently been reconsidered with suggestions that it has a functional role to play in performance. Movements in golf can be attributed to the organismic, task and environmental constraints from which they emerge with these swing movements affecting shot outcomes. A three-dimensional analysis of address position variability revealed that higher skilled golfers present reduced alignment variability in angular relationships between the shoulders and stance compared to less skilled counterparts. Whilst there were no group differences in impact variability, both points in the swing displayed reducing variability from proximal to distal aspects of the kinetic chain.
With the popularity of strength and conditioning growing within the golfing world it has become important for coaches to be able to assess golfers’ physical constraints. Two-dimensional analysis, representative of that used in coaching environments, assessed the relationship between the overhead squat and deterioration of posture in the golf swing. Results showed small but significant relationships between this test and golf swing postural kinematics. An 8-week intervention to address overhead squat physical constraints resulted in no change in 3D swing kinematics. Strength and conditioning as a stand-alone intervention provides no benefits to postural kinematics suggesting the need for coaching.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Funders: Other
Other Funders: The Professional Golfers’ Association Limited
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine


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