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Take Anne Colehour, who had the misfortune of slipping on
restaurant stairs on March 13. She broke her right fi bula, and
Twin Cities Orthopedics' Dr. Corey Wulf performed surgical
repairs with a metal plate and seven screws. Colehour couldn't
work for four weeks, couldn't drive for 10 weeks, and " had to
live low. "
" It was not a good spring because I was such an avid golfer, "
says Colehour, the meeting and event manager for the Minnesota
Golf Association, and an 18 handicapper who played more
than 50 rounds in 2014. " One of my fi rst thoughts [upon being
injured] was, oh my gosh, how long is it until I play again? "
Not as long, she says, as many of her friends thought. Starting
in April, she saw Brandon Schomberg-a physical therapy
manager with TCO, and the lead fi gure in the company's Golf
Medicine Program-for weekly physical therapy, and completed
daily rehab exercises under his direction. " We've incorporated
[golf into] all of my physical exercises that I do every
day, " Colehour said in July. " We went to building in my irons,
doing a half-swing, to 75 percent, to doing my hybrids and now,
recently, to doing my driver. "
Overcoming others' doubts that she would play again this
season, Colehour had begun playing out of a cart as of late July.
Like Colehour, Lynn Anderson has benefi ted from golf-spe " I
am confi dent that keeping
these exercises as part of my
overall conditioning will allow
me to play golf for years to
cifi c rehab.
Anderson, for years one of the state's top female amateur golfers,
was rear-ended in an April 2012 traffi c accident. She suffered
whiplash and dealt with severe headaches and vertigo.
" The fi rst summer [after the injury] wasn't good, " Anderson
says. " I tried to play but really couldn't, so that was frustrating.
I had a relapse in the vertigo and had to take a back step
there. [Eventually] I was put on total restriction because I played
hockey, too. "
Anderson eventually started treadmill work, but found that,
although she could play golf, she couldn't practice. " I'd play in
tournaments, but I was pretty miserable, " she says.
In late 2014, Anderson began receiving treatment from Orthology,
a Twin Cities-based network of sports medicine clinics.
Her connection with Orthology was symbiotic-as a co-founder
and co-owner of Totally Driven, a fi tness club in Edina, she
had seen the Orthology business model, agreed with it and saw
an opportunity to network.
" I had plateaued, and Orthology really got me over the hump, "
Anderson says. " It's a very different philosophy, very hands-on,
very manual. They get in and fi nd the trigger points in muscles
and cross-fi ber across a muscle that's very tight, basically for
fi ve minutes. It's very painful, but it's that manual attention that
they give [that worked]. "
Anderson's golf game turned a corner-more accurately, it
did a U-turn. Her handicap, which had risen to a 5 from a low of
0.3 before the accident, began to drop again. As of this summer,
it was down to a 3. She has " virtually no headaches, " she says,
can practice again, and in June, just after turning 50, teamed
with Leigh Klasse to win the Minnesota Women's Golf Association
Four-Ball Championship, her fourth state title.
Orthology, which has been in business for fi ve years and has
seven clinics in Minnesota, has worked with hundreds of athletes
and bills itself as " a world-class solution for rapid recovery
from physical injuries and chronic pain. " Its foundations
include collaborative care among doctors, physical therapists,
soft-tissue specialists and chiropractors.
" We see a ton of golfers " at our clinics, says Orthology founder
and chief clinical offi cer Dr. Josh Sandell, a former University of
Minnesota, Duluth football player. " When you're dealing with
an intensive-type injury, our goal is to stick with the patient to
make sure it heals the fi rst time around. "
Recovery from injury is not the only focus at Orthology or
Twin Cities Orthopedics, and the same is true with other Minnesota
golf and medicine programs. Most, if not all, have employees
with certifi cation from the Titleist Performance Institute,
which calls itself " the world's leading educational organization
dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation
to the golf swing. " Some use Dartfi sh, a golf-swing analysis
software program. All maintain that it's crucial for golfers to
understand how their body works-not just in a generic sense,
but in a sense that's specifi c to a golfer with, let's say, limited hip
mobility or, conversely, exceptional core strength.
Brad Zasada, a physical therapist with Allina Health's Courwww.mngolf.org
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