Physical Screening

If your child is starting to play seriously, competing several times a week, it is wise to consider arranging a physical screening for them.

A physical screening is normally carried out by a chartered physiotherapist who checks for things such as body alignment, muscle imbalances and growth-related problems. If these things are not picked up early and your child carries on with serious training, injuries will surely follow.

The physiotherapist will recommend a series of exercises that will correct any conditions discovered. As a general rule, any child over the age of 10 who is training hard on a regular basis should consider having a physical screening once every six months.

Children who are experiencing growth spurts and those with particular injuries may consider having screenings more often. A sports injury clinic should be able to help you with a screening. Contact Golf Canada if you need help with the specific screening protocols used for junior golf players.

The best way to do this is to send an email to Dr. Greg Wells (greg.wells@golfcanada.ca) stating the age of the player and where they are based.