Elbow Rehab Aint All Bad


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Hey Everyone. Double P checking in from Scottsdale right now. I am unexpectedly back home instead of at the Shell Houston Open, where Id hoped to be in contention this week.
As Im sure youve read by now, I pulled out of last weeks Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head due to an injury. I was 3-under at the turn and feeling pretty good about my game, but a nagging elbow injury progressively got worse each hole I played. By the time I wrapped up hole 14, I told my caddy Mike Hartford we had to withdraw.
Pat Perez
Pat won't return to action until the Wachovia Championship on May 4.
Fans have written my website (www.PatPerezGolf.com) this past week asking how hard it is to withdraw, being such a competitor. In one sense, its really hard. I never want to quit anything ' be it a PGA TOUR event or a game of H-O-R-S-E. I play everything to win, but in this particular case I had to think about the long term.
I have already played 10 events this year and at the time was No. 35 on the money list. Had I been No. 135, I mightve pushed to grind it out. I know I have at least 20 more tournaments left in 2006. Theres a ton of golf left to be played. It quickly dawned on me that it wasnt worth risking all of that for one tournament.
According to my doctor, had I overdone it Id have been out a lot longer than three weeks. I pulled a tendon in the top of my left forearm. My coach (Michael Owen) and I have been working on changing a particular aspect of my swing. Doing so also entails working out different muscles I dont often use and all of that combined definitely aggravated something. The only way to fix what went wrong was to set the clubs down a few weeks and rest. Thankfully its only my left elbow, so Im not totally incapacitated.
Ive been doing what I can to rest and rehab. It hurts to lift anything right now. Im on some meds to help with the inflammation - as well as three trips to the therapist every week. Theyre doing stem work ' shooting impulses into the arm to get the muscle to retract, spasm ' whatever. The movement helps it heal quicker. Then I just have to keep it iced and play the waiting game.
Those around me know I get cabin fever pretty quickly ' so I wont necessarily be laid up on the couch for three weeks. My brother Mike is gearing up for some Nationwide events around the time I head out to the Wachovia Championship so I got us both signed up at the Village Racquet & Health Club here in Scottsdale. I want to do what I can to help him get geared up health and stamina-wise for his time on the road.
I cant lift weights right now, but with a good right arm I can still take Mike and my other buds out here to school on the racquetball court. Definitely a good cardio workout since I cant lift and do my full workout this week.
You know, its actually kind of fun right now to be able to do nothing and not feel bad about it. Its the perfect scenario. Usually theres no excuse to just kick back like this, so I need to play this up as much as I can. Sorry, cant lift ' this elbow thing or Man, would love to help you move this weekend, but Doc said to not move the elbow.
All kidding aside, Im already looking forward to the Wachovia and getting back out on the road. I am hopefully gearing up to do seven tourneys in a row ' with the seventh being the U.S. Open. As it stands right now, Id have to Monday qualify but there are six events before that which can help dictate my fate.
Until then its rest, rehab, getting little bro ready for his Nationwide events and hopefully some time on the new chopper. Im definitely going to write more about that next week ' as well as a shameless plug for my new t-shirt line which will finally be available on my website April 24th.
PatPerezGolf.com will also have a Q&A with me later this week so make sure to email all your questions to cb@patperezgolf.com so we can get them answered and posted on the site. Like I said, its a slow week.
Thanks for stopping by, but mostly ' stay classy. ' Double P
patperezgolf.comPat Perez is in the midst of his fifth season on the PGA Tour. 'Double P' earned his PGA Tour card as the Q-School Medalist in 2001 and was part of the 1996 NCAA National Championship golf team at Arizona State University. Visit Pat at his website www.patperezgolf.com