Updated 08/16/2012 09:00 PM
Champions keep their bodies par for the course
Ever been sore after playing a round of golf? Well, try doing it every day for 30 years. Champions Tour players at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open have been around the course for at least that long and YNN's Chris Whalen tells us how they keep going strong while on tour.
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ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Vincente Fernandez turned pro in 1964, 32 years later he joined the Champions Tour. Shortly thereafter, the effects of all those years of playing set it.
"My first six years were very good. My seventh year, I started getting back problems," Fernandez said.
To combat further injuries, Fernandez works out three times a week, but he doesn't have to worry about finding a gym in which ever city he's playing. That's because Allegheny Sports Medicine travels with the tour at each stop.
"I don't think 50 or 70 percent of the players would perform the way we do here without them," Fernandez said.
It's no secret that with age the human body sees a lot of wear and tear, but when you factor in three or four decades of playing golf nearly every day, players are bound to see a plethora of injuries.
"Most common thing are the overuse injuries, so you can have those anywhere from the knee to the hip to the low back to the hand and the wrist, as well as the shoulders," said Kent Biggerstaff, a trainer for the Champions Tour.
That's why players are encouraged to do cardiovascular as well weight training regularly, but it's not always about building and maintaining muscle either. Sometimes you have to come and ease the aches and pains that go along with being a Champions Tour player.
"My calf's been bothering me. I tore my muscle at the Senior PGA. I slipped trying to hit a long-iron shot on the side of the hill," said Champions Tour player Andy Bean.
But no worries for Bean, a session on the table in the trailer and he was good to go.
"It's good to have these guys in here because we come in, let them work on us a little bit and they send us right back out," Bean said.
Ensuring that the Champions Tour players don't become 'former Champions Tour players' prematurely.