Germany's first Neuro-trainer for golfers
"You are only as strong as your weakest part!" - The complexity of the body is such that all systems are connected to one another and are in permanent interaction with each other. Everything is controlled by the brain and nervous system, so each movement takes place primarily in the brain. If there is a disturbance, this affects the entire body.
In many people the "movement software" is faulty, impairments or pain are then quickly dismissed and accepted as normal signs of ageing, arthrosis or the like. But often this can be corrected and specific brain functions and thus the quality of the movements can be improved so that they become more effective, painless, untiring and powerful.
Martin Bernitzky is the first neuro-athletic trainer of the Lanserhof Tegernsee to treat not only golfers, but also guests with supposed handycaps. Whether the goal is to fight the pain or improve performance, Martin Bernitzky is often the last resort when it comes to unexplained problems and impairments in the movement apparatus.
In the US, neuro-athletic training has already been practiced for some time. In Germany it is becoming more and more important, ever since it has been successfully applied by the team of the German national football team at the 2006 World Cup.
The peculiarity is that the training is bespoke to each individual person. Which parts of the brain are responsible for the balance and stability of the golf swing? Which part works well, which does not and by what means can the cooperation of the two areas be improved?
Martin's work can be explained by two small examples, which illustrate what refinements are necessary in neuro-training. For him, holistic training not only involves the consideration of the entire movement sequence, but also the involvement of the brain, for a holistic training.
A golf player always struck the ball differently. This is due to the eyes not being able to establish an accurate distance to the ball. Special eye exercises in which, for example, a finger is positioned in varying the distances and directions in front of the face, reveals that the dominant right eye is not able to look downward left. Golfing is an eye-hand coordination sport. When the eye loses sight of the ball, the motor cortex is blind and no specific movement tasks can be transmitted from the brain.
Another player complains that he can not swing the club and hit the ball properly, due to pain in his arms. In a test the wrists and elbows show that they are restricted in their mobility, letting the muscles tense up. Through Joint Mobility Training - exercises for the active mobilisation of the joints - the mobility of the player and thus the interplay of between muscles and joints can be improved. After therapy, the player was able to swing the club painlessly.
"When we have a healthy brain, we also have a healthy body," says Martin Bernitzky.