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U.S. Senior Open: Health and fitness trailers a 'career saver' for some pro golfers

EDMOND — In the parking lot of any PGA Tour or Champions Tour golf tournament, there are two big, red trailers.

It’s a common sight. No big deal to most on tour.

But Fred Funk, who had a knee replacement in 2009 and a thumb fused in 2011, said these trucks saved his career.

Some say they’ve changed golf entirely.

“The reason I’m even out here is because of those fitness trucks, no question,” Funk, 58, said.

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GE bringing ultrasound to PGA Tour events

By Michael Smith, Staff Writer

Published May 5, 2014

Until last week, PGA Tour golfers had to visit a doctor’s office to get in-depth information on an injury.

But one of the tour’s official marketing partners, General Electric, is placing its ultrasound equipment inside the health and wellness trailers at PGA Tour events, providing players more immediate feedback on what ails them.

Dr. Tom Hospel shows PGA Tour golfer Webb Simpson how the ultrasound works.
Photo by: MICHAEL SMITH / STAFF

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Driving Towards Healthier Play: GE and PGA TOUR Add Portable Ultrasound to Medical Trailers

Advancing access to ultrasound to help boost quality of care

WAUWATOSA, Wis. & PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 28, 2014—

GE and the PGA TOUR have announced today the addition of a new portable ultrasound system to the Visionworks Mobile Health & Fitness Trailers on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. The access to GE’s LOGIQ(TM)e laptop-sized technology will potentially provide on-site medical professionals with more information at the point of care to help aid in injury diagnosis and help golfers return to play faster.

“Ultrasound is extremely valuable in the treatment of sports injuries,” said Dr. Tom Hospel, medical advisor to the PGA TOUR whose company, Physiofitness Associates, staffs the trailers.

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Playing Safe

HEALTH TIPS
PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013-14, PART 1

Playing Safe

Prevention of golf-related injuries is one of the most important
aspects of the fitness regime for both professional and amateur
players. Here we look at the importance of the warm-up session
with top trainer John Adam.

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Tiger Woods 'back' in the hunt at Doral with his best round

DORAL, Fla. – Tiger Woods’ back still isn’t right.

But his game certainly was Saturday in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump International Doral.

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Drug testing to begin at this year's U.S. Amateurs

Golf Channel Digital
updated 8:09 am. EST Feb. 13, 2013

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Driven To Success

Today’s up-and-coming golfers are reaping the rewards of targeted physical conditioning, nutrition and high-tech equipment.

By Scott Kramer
Sea Island Life

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On Course How physical therapists help keep PGA Tour pros at the top of their game

The ideal golf swing is as finely tuned a machine as any high-performance sports car. From knees to hips, back and shoulders, everything must be in proper working order to achieve full potential. Nowhere is this more important than on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour, where fame, fortune, legacy and even livelihood hinge on being able to achieve flawless form. So who do tour pros rely on to keep their bodies fit, healthy and biomechanically sound? Physical therapists, the body-movement experts.

For two-plus years, the tour has contracted with PhysioFitness Associates, based in Dublin, OH, to provide physical therapy and athletic training services to players at each tour stop. Established in 2009 by Tom Hospel, MD, PhysioFitness Associates also contracts with the Champions Tour (men 50 and older). For each PGA and Champions Tour event, the company provides both a physical therapy trailer and a fitness trailer where players can stop in for treatment or exercise.

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Healing hands come up trumps on PGA Tour

Twice Masters champion Bernhard Langer has visited them on a regular basis, as have fellow former world number ones Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.

Without their help, players such as American journeyman Kris Blanks and Australian left-hander Greg Chalmers would have been forced to pull out of several tournaments in which they ended up faring well.

The people in question are the five physical therapists and four athletic trainers who ply their trade on a daily basis on the PGA Tour and its senior equivalent, the Champions Tour.

“Almost everybody on tour walks through our door at some point during the season,” PGA Tour physical therapist Jeff Hendra told Reuters. “I always tell people we have three groups of golfers on tour.

“Our regulars come in every day regardless. Whether they have an injury, an ache or pain or if they are as healthy as they can be, they are in. And they are the guys that I love because they stay on top of things.

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On PGA Tour, fitness is in forefront for top golfers....

Once, a nice swing and good putting could keep you on the PGA Tour, no matter how doughy you might be. Not anymore.

To understand how important physical fitness is to the highest level of professional golfers, know that the PGA Tour now brings its own gym-and-spa-on-wheels to each event.

Or, listen to Dustin Johnson — who at 6-4 can dunk a basketball — list the fittest players on the Tour: “Tiger [Woods] is very fit. [Martin] Kaymer, he works hard. Most of the guys at the top are all really hard-core into fitness.”

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New Ohio Law aims to Mitigate Youth Sport Concussions

There’s been a lot of talk in the sports world lately about the effects of concussions on professional athletes. But school-aged athletes suffer concussions, too. Last month Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill designed to mitigate the effects of concussions that occur at youth sporting events.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Visionworks

January 29, 2013

Greg Chalmers
Tom Hospel
Rory Sabbatini
William Winkenwerder

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

DOUG MILNE:  Good afternoon, everybody.  My name is Doug Milne.  I’m with the PGA TOUR communications department.  We’re pleased to welcome you here today to announce the PGA TOUR’s partnership with Visionworks.  Here with us today we have Rob Ohno, senior vice president of corporate marketing for the PGA TOUR; Dr.William Winkenwerder, president and CEO of HighMark; Tom Hospel, program administer for the PGA TOUR’s player health and fitness players program; and PGA TOUR players Rory Sabbatini and Greg Chalmers.

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For The PGA, The 19th hole is the fitness trailer

DUBLIN, Ohio — In golf, a waist has seldom been a terrible thing to mind.  Professional players of a certain fleshiness have long been embraced, sultans of Sansabelt with nicknames like the Golden Bear, the Walrus and Lumpy, who brought an Everyman appeal to what can be an elitist sport.

But where golfers once headed from the 18th hole to the watering hole, today they are more likely headed for a workout.

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Golf - Healing hands come up trumps on PGA Tour

Twice Masters champion Bernhard Langer has visited them on a regular basis, as have fellow former world number ones Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.

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WEEKLY WORKOUT: Gym On Wheels

The Principle Charity Classic tees off this week, but before the pro’s hit the links, many of them will hit a unique gym.

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Tiger Woods just walked out of the PGA Tour fitness trailer after receiving about an hour’s worth of treatment for a seized-up back that bothered him throughout the day. Woods shook it off to shoot 69 and move into a seventh-place tie at the Barclays at Bethpage Black.

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Inside the PGA - Fitness Trailers -Columbus Wired TV

Ever since Tiger Woods broke onto the golfing scene in the mid-90s, a greater emphasis has been put on training, strength, and fitness among members of the PGA Tour. Hours before players tee off at Tour events, many begin their workout regimen.

The PGA Tour provides a pair of 16-wheeled vehicles that provide equipment and personnel that an estimated 70 percent of players use at some point during the week.

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Jim Furyk Tours PGA Therapy Trailer

Jim Furyk utilizes the fitness trailers to loosen up prior to each round, and stay healthy over the long and grueling PGA TOUR season.

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Golfers "Work it Out" in the Trailer

Earlier in the day, NBC got a tour of the fitness trucks that follow the golfers around the country.

Long before professional golfers tee off; previous to their practice putts; and just before hitting the range; they spend some time out in trucks in the parking lot.

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Fitness on the Course

Dr. Tom Hospel, board certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine, is here to help with your golf games and preparation.  He oversees the Allegheny Sports Medicine mobile facilities on the PGA TOUR…

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Jeff Hendra examines the wrist of Rory McIlroy

Jeff Hendra examines the wrist of Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

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In the Swing of Things - ptinmotionmag.org

Although they spend a lot of time on the road, PTs who work with professional golfers experience unique rewards ... and challenges.

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Champions Tour Players are Open to Conditioning: courier-journal.com

Kent Biggerstaff spent nearly 40 years as a professional baseball trainer before a year of boredom in retirement led him to become a trainer for the PGA Tour and Champions Tour seven years ago.

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A Look inside the PGA Tour's Fitness Trailers: foxnews,charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC-  It’s a busy week at the Wells Fargo Champioship for PGA Tour golfers.  And being at their best is the only way to leave the Quail Hollow Country Club with a win.

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Tiger Woods withdraws from Players 2011 due to injuries: The Florida Times

Tiger Woods limped out of the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse to the parking lot, got into a waiting white Mercedes, and drove off.

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Living The Dream

With 3rd heart and unlimited desire, Erik Compton shooting for PGA Tour card.

“The biggest problem right now is my stamina,” Compton said. “I haven’t got all my strength back. If I have to walk four rounds of a tournament and practice rounds, that’s going to be difficult.”

A review committee made up of three tour executives will rule on the request with the help of Dr. Tom Hospel, a tour medical adviser.

Allison Keller, the PGA Tour’s assistant general counsel, said a key is that an applicant show the Americans with Disabilities Act covers the disability, and that means the medical condition “substantially limits one or more major life activities.”

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Details emerge on PGA TOUR steroids and doping policy

The Policy Board has approved the PGA TOUR’s Anti-Doping Program. The TOUR’s primary objective is to have a credible program that will aggressively deter the use of any prohibited substance. The key elements of the program include extensive player outreach and education; a comprehensive list of prohibited substances and methods; therapeutic use exemptions; a testing protocol and procedure; and guidelines governing sanctions and program administration. A summary of each of these significant elements follows.

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Drug tests arrive on PGA Tour next year: USA Today

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Starting in July on the PGA Tour, players who register for a tournament could be given a locker, a tee time for their pro-am and a cup to submit a sample for their drug test.

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Staying fit at each tour stop -philly.com

Nestled in a parking lot at Aronimink Golf Club, away from all the attention surrounding the AT&T National, are a pair of trailers as valuable to PGA players as anything they will encounter in their careers.

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Cook takes lead in Monteal

BLAINVILLE, Que. - Consecutive rounds of 66 have given John Cook the lead, but it looks like it will be a shootout to decide the winner of the inaugural Montreal Championship.

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PGA Tour Fitness Trailer hits road for 10th Season in 2010

Since 2001, Scott Riehl has set up shop in the Depuy Mitek mobile fitness trailers that travel with the PGA Tour, leading tour professionals through workouts custom-designed to help them reach their goals.

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Senior Champion Tour Fitness Video

Fitness on the Champions Tour.

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DePuy Mitek PGA Tour Mobile Fitness Unit

Traveling week to week with the PGA Tour is the DePuy Mitek Mobile Fitness Center and the Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Clinic.  These two pimped out trailers house state of the art work-out equipment and top-notch staff therapists and chiropractors and in the case of a serious injury, the PGA Tour also has an on-call Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Pros Learn to Workout on the Road

A hectic travel schedule through airports across the country could easily get in the way of professional golfers staying healthy and fit.

So to avoid injuries during the grind that is the PGA Tour schedule, DePuy Mitek’s mobile fitness and therapy centers serve as a mobile rehab facility where players can receive treatment for injuries and also act as an on-site fitness trailer where players can conduct a complete workout regimen.

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ProFitness Training with Brad Faxon

Fitness Tips from the Physiofitness Team.

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Athletic Trainer from Pittsburgh Named Most Distinguished 2010

Kent Biggerstaff, ATC, has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2010 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (MDAT) award recipients.

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Fitness Follows Tour Everywhere it Goes

Stephen Leaney posted a 1-over-par 72 in the third round of the Verizon Heritage, but emerged from the fitness trailer located near the Harbour Town Golf Links as if he had fired a 65. A quick 10-minute stretch does that.

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Fitness over fatness is the choice on tour

Ton Jenkins turns 62 in December. He hired a personal trainer for the first time in his career when he turned 50 and has seen the benefits. Winner of one event on the PGA Tour (in 1975), he credits his seven Champions Tour victories since 1999 to staying in shape.

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Fit to be Tried, TOUR Trailer Helps Shape Careers

When not on the driving range, inside the TOUR’s fitness trailer is where several players spend time shaping their games. When 59-year-old Tom Watson nearly won the British Open in July, some argued it wasn’t necessarily good for the game.

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