The Longitudinal Development of Movement Competency in Young High-Level Golfers
Gould, Zachariah I.
Lloyd, Rhodri S.
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The aim of this study was to longitudinally monitor movement competency of golfers in a talent development program. Thirty-six golfers were included in the study (24 males, 12 females); on entry the mean age was 14.38 ± 2.88 years and mean handicap was 6. Participants completed the Golf Movement Screen (GMS). Data was collected annually at the start of each off-season in the program, providing three testing occasions over a two-year period. Total GMS score significantly improved (all p < 0.05) year-on year from 41 ± 13 on entry, to 52 ± 13 in year 1, and 63 ± 14 in year 2. Handicap also significantly improved from 6 ± 5 on entry to 2 ± 4 in year 2 (p < 0.05). Significant improvements were found in 7 of the 10 exercises between entry and year 1, and 9 of the 10 exercises between entry and year 2 (all p < 0.05), while scores for the remaining exercise were high on entry and remained stable. The findings suggest that golfers in a talent development program are able to improve their movement competency, and that the GMS has the sensitivity to detect these changes.
International Journal of Golf Science;
Gould, Z. I., Oliver, J. L., Lloyd, R. S., & Neil, R. (2019) 'The Longitudinal Development of Movement Competency in Young High-Level Golfers', International Journal of Golf Science, 8(1).
Article published in International Journal of Golf Science on 24 October 2019, available open access at: https://www.golfsciencejournal.org/article/10770-the-longitudinal-development-of-movement-competency-in-young-high-level-golfers.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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