Player Performance Center helps golfers prepare for Barbasol Championship

Player Performance Center helps golfers prepare for Barbasol Championship

OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - The Barbasol Championship will tee off at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Opelika Thursday morning with 132 professional golfers participating in the tournament.

With less than 12 hours left before the Barbasol Championship tees off, there is only one way to describe the excitement.

"It is like Christmas Eve," said Bill Lang, PR Director for Barbasol Championship.

Every swing and putt made by players during the tournament will showcase the state on an international stage.

"This area will be showcased on Golf Channel. We have media credentialed from Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea," said Lang. 

Players have been practicing all week, but that's not the only way they are preparing thanks to Massage Envy PGA Tour's Player Performance Center.

"It's a rolling PT, chiropractic clinic, training room," said Jeff Hendra, Physio U.S. Team.

The truck is staffed with two physical therapists and one chiropractor to help these golfers get ready for the game. 

"This is often the last place they hit before hitting the practice range and green. They get their warm up in .They get the aches and pains to go away, at least temporarily, and get them through 18 holes. So this is a pretty big piece of the puzzle," said Hendra. 

Although golf isn't a contact sport repetitive use injures are the most common. 

"We see a lot of tissue break down, particularly this time of year and especially with the heat. You see the scorecard, it says 72 stokes is a par but they swing the club much more than that. They will take 100 strokes in a practice range," said Hendra. 

For more Information visit the Barbasol website.

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