WRITER: MEGHAN NEARY
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax(319) 335-8034
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
"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
Drake cautioned that this program is not for individuals suffering from
acute physical problems that require active physical therapy or other special
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.