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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 175
“We were involved with Marcus’ more recent knee injury, which was troubling him. One of our drives at Sportsmed Biologic is to keep people physically active and get people back to the sport they love, and when you’re a professional athlete your career depends on it as well,” he said. “We were able to use one of the newer technologies for tendon treatments and treat Marcus’ tendon with a series of injections. We improved his pain and function and allowed him to get back on the course, which is great.” “It’s been really good to see Marcus doing really well. When you’re injured and you’ve been out for a period of time, that affects the whole game and mental aspect of the game, so getting them back on track is really important for that.” While Fraser admits he still doesn’t look after his body quite as well as he should, he’s increasingly aware of how important constant maintenance is if he hopes to play golf into his 40s and beyond. “Ten years ago there was probably 15 to 20 per cent of the guys that were doing (strength and conditioning work) and now it’s 15 to 20 per cent who aren’t,” he said. “That’s obviously all due to Tiger when he started doing it, and then you’ve got Rory and Adam Scott and all those guys doing that amount of fitness. They’re proper athletes.” “It’s definitely something that I should have been doing but haven’t been, which is probably why I’ve been having operations.” Dr Branson said there was no reason that with the proper care, Fraser and other golfers couldn’t play golf pain-free for most of their lives. “People become really passionate about golf, especially in their later years, it’s something you can continue doing. So people generally come in to us quite desperate to get back out on the course,” he said. “With golfers a lot of the injuries we see, particularly in their later years, are back injuries, lower back. You find that people who take up golf later in life tend to have done other sports earlier in life, so they’ve done a lot of running, they may migrate onto cycling and then take up golf. “Generally with the high impact sports they may have wear and tear in the knees ... or the hips. So we facilitate various interventions, some along the injection lines, to basically improve pain and function, and the real focus is then on muscle strength and stability around the joint.” OTG CORE STRENGTH AND FITNESS REMAINS A KEY FOCUS FOR WORLD NO.3 RORY MCILROY.
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