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Release: Oct. 16, 2000

UI program helps golfers with back problems get back into the game

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A new University of Iowa Health Care program is helping golfers who have experienced back problems regain their ability to enjoy golf.

"Golf--To Your Advantage," a program offered by UI Back Care, provides golfers with the training needed to correct flexibility and strength problems that have prevented them from fully participating in the sport. It also helps golfers benefit from instruction from other sources, like golf professionals.

"Golf--To Your Advantage" involves a biomechanical analysis of soft tissues and joints during various stages of the golfer's swing to determine exercises specific to their game. Videos and photos taken at critical points during the golfer's swing, as well as strength and flexibility examinations, are used to observe how the golfer is moving in relation to their muscles, bones and ligaments.

"Learning ways to ensure friendlier forces to your body during a game of golf helps lessen the possibility of injury," said Karen Drake, program coordinator and physical therapist with UI Back Care. She added that the exercises are designed to be used year-round, both during and in preparation for the golf season.

Drake cautioned that this program is not for individuals suffering from acute physical problems that require active physical therapy or other special treatment.

The program fee is $85 for a two-visit package or $150 for a four-visit package. All additional visits are $40 each. Program costs are not billable to insurance, but may be covered in some health care spending accounts.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact UI Back Care at (319) 356-8400.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.