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Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Lori Avedisian, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Richard Rutt, PhD, PT


The sport of golf has become one of the most popular recreational activities in the world being played by more than twenty million individuals of all ages, abilities, and levels of physical fitness. It has been documented that almost one-third of touring professionals play with an injury at any given time and that two-thirds of all amateur golfers will sustain an injury. The repetitive use of poor swing mechanics is widely viewed as a mechanism leading to a variety of golf-related injuries. Many golfers exhibit a large degree of right lateral trunk flexion (RLTF) during the follow-through phase of a golf swing and it is hypothesized as a major contributor to injury of the spine. The purpose of this study was to determine the amount of maximum RLTF exhibited during the follow-through phase of the golf swing among right':'handed, male golfers of various playing abilities. The Peak5™ three-dimensional motion analysis system was used to record thirteen subjects hit twenty golf balls using a one-wood driver. The results of this study demonstrated no statistical significance between level of ability and the amount of maximum RLTF. A significant correlation was found between maximal RLTF as measured by manual inclinometry and maximal RLTF measured during the follow-through phase of the golf swing by the Peak5™ system.


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