You’re a self-described “movement nerd.” How does that happen to somebody?
I am fascinated by how the human body moves and the reasons people move a certain way. If you’re people-watching at an airport you can see how everyone walks a little differently and there are reasons for it. A lot of those same reasons are why people can get injured, thrive in sports, or be limited in certain activities. Solving the puzzle on how to help an athlete obtain optimal movement is the foundation of sports performance. Then diving into sport-related movement characteristics is a deeper level of nerd. For example, right-handed golfers and baseball players tend to have more rotation to the side that they swing and the body adapts to those repetitive movements. This can be a really good thing and a really bad thing. Either way, it’s fascinating!
What’s the biggest problem you see when a golfer comes in for an assessment?
Most people want a golf swing that their body can’t handle. I have a lot of players come in and show me a picture or video of Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson or Tiger Woods. What they don’t know is that these guys are VERY flexible and are strong in the right ways. If you have pain or major movement limitations, there is no way you will ever be able to swing like them. The key is identifying a swing that fits every golfer’s body so they can succeed.
What did you do to Ryan Moore to get him back on track in the PGA?
Ryan is a veteran on Tour and he simply had some issues with his body that is a result from playing professional golf for 12 years. We worked on a few previous injuries that had been bothering him so he could get back in the gym and play golf pain-free. [For more on Chandler’s work with Ryan Moore, check out this article: http://www.mytpi.com/articles/fitness/how_ryan_moore_rehabbed_his_ankle_with_a_tpi_certified_team.]
Best exercise for any golfer?
There really isn’t one. There are exercises that people need depending on where their body is. All exercises have the opportunity to be fantastic exercises when given at the right time. To make things simple, I need all golfers to have mobile ankles, hips and upper back. That is probably where most people start with any golf program.
What does it mean for an athlete to take ownership of his or her body?
Taking ownership is accepting what it takes to become a high-level golfer and overall athlete. The game of golf is evolving into a very athletic, power-based sport. The top 10 players in the world all have a full team of doctors, therapists and trainers to help them achieve their golf goals. Increasing speed, power and durability on the golf course is the name of the game, and it takes hard work and effort to accomplish all three of those.
How would you best explain Active Release Technique?
It’s a state-of-the-art manual therapy technique that allows a therapist to loosen up particular soft tissues and muscles to relieve pain and dysfunction. I use it when my golfers have a tight back, hip or ankle, for example. It’s a great complement to any training program.
What trend in the performance training world today most excites you?
What really excites me is way we are guiding athletes through a performance program, including the incredible technology we have to help them get better—everything from the assessment process using tools such as K-Vest 3D for kinematic golf swing analysis, to using tools such as Edufii to keep in contact and have the ability to share videos with constant communication when they’re out of town. All of these things help me do my job better and ultimately helps that athlete accomplish their goals.
Your favorite “toy” in the Elevate gym?
We have everything any athlete would need to get stronger, but i have been a major fan of using a barbell for landmine work—everything from landmine pressing to landmine squatting. If you are not familiar with a landmine, it’s essentially a barbell attached to the ground at one end so the barbell can move up and down from zero to 90 degrees from the floor. It allows the athlete to lift heavy weights in a safe way and get really strong fast.
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