Fitness testing is important to undertake in whatever sport you play. It allows for the coach to identify key areas of concern and then be able to focus on these areas to improve. These areas may have been having a detrimental effect an athlete’s performance, hampering them from becoming an elite level athlete. Golf requires a wide range of fitness testing from core strength, to aerobic fitness. All the factors are important to create the best golfer. Improving strength, flexibility and balance may have a dual benefit of improving performance and decreasing the risk of injury. (Sell, T. et al 2007).
When muscles are active, they produce an electrical current. Surface electromyography (sEMG) is used to measure the activation of the muscles for a particular movement through these electrical currents. There are several other ways to measure muscle activation, such as using the fine wire and needle methods, however, these are invasive methods requiring the piercing of skin. sEMG is a non-invasive method where the electrodes are placed upon the surface of the skin.
Sports massage is a popular recovery tool used by athletes, which has a number of benefits in speeding up recovery and rehabilitation or treating small injuries and tightness.
Psychological stress can be a big determinant of failure in golfing competitions, for example, on the final day of the 2012 Masters tournament Rory McIlroy was set to become the second youngest person ever to wear the green jacket. However, on the final day, from the 10th hole onwards, McIlroy choked, displaying one of the biggest performance meltdowns in golfing history.