PGA Tour health facilities keep players in top for

Published 07/10 2014 06:14PM

Updated 07/10 2014 06:18PM

It's where the players go to get healthy and stay in top shape.

We take you behind the scenes of the PGA Tour's athletic training facilities.

They eat sleep and breathe golf.

But for players on the PGA Tour, the daily grind comes with some aches and pains.

"The last couple of years I've had knee issues and I've always kind of had some back where it locks up a little bit," said Golfer Tim Herron.

"I've actually, a little bit of twinge in my neck that flares up every now and then,” said golfer Michael Thompson.

And there's one spot at each tournament the athletes know they can rely on when the pain won't go away.

"Come in here and they're able to put it all back together so we can go out and look good and hit some golf shots," said Thompson.

The 750 square foot Visionworks Health and Fitness Center, a trailer that travels around the country keeping the golfers in top form.

"Anything and everything. Anything health related on tour, anything the guys would need. We see a lot of overuse injuries so a lot of spine issues a lot of low back," said PGA Tour Lead Physical Therapist Jeff Hendra.

But from the inside you'd never guess it's a trailer.

"And we have everything here that you would have at the clinic back home. We have everything from paraffin, ultrasound and e–stim units, and our latest little toy the Logic E diagnostic ultrasound unit," said Hendra.

Along with the technology is a dedicated team of health professionals, clocking 14 hour days to make sure the players are physically ready.

"They help keep you going and I use them almost every day I'm here," said Herron.

"We can trust them, we know that they're good and they're good at working on golfers specifically," said Thompson.

And their hard work doesn't go unnoticed.

Veterans and newcomers alike say the health and fitness center is a huge piece that keeps their dreams of a title alive.

"It's just nice to have somebody to come to just to get that little bit of work done so we can go out the next day and do our best," said Thompson.

"It’s just a great facility and you know I’ve been doing it almost 20 years. It’s probably why I’ve stay out here for 20 years,” said Herron.

The fitness center is open from 5:00am to 7:00pm each day, and is at each tournament on the PGA Tour.

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