Kris Tamulis’ return to the LPGA Tour didn’t go quite as smoothly as she would’ve liked as she tied for 40th in the Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio.
Tamulis hadn’t been playing after she tore tendons in both elbows, and also had to carry her own bag when her caddie wasn’t cleared from coronavirus testing. That included a second round in a pouring rain Saturday.
“My caddie didn’t take his COVID test in time,” Tamulis said Monday. ‘There was nobody else that could’ve done it. That was definitely a first for me, and then not having played since Dallas (last October).”
Tamulis hadn’t played any golf in months, but it wasn’t all due to the halt of the tour — and much of the sports world — from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. She’d torn the tendon completely off the bone in both of her elbows.
Tamulis, 39, said it was due to wear and tear.
“I’m an aging repetitive athlete,” she said, referring to the thousands of times her body has swung a golf club in her life.
Her husband, Jeremy Maddox, is a physical therapist, so that was a help in figuring out ways to address the injuries. But nothing seemed to work.
“You don’t realize how much you use your arms until something hurts,” said Tamulis, who had pain doing such simple things as pulling off a pillowcase. “I really struggled with it most of the winter.”
Tamulis has been using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments and blood flow restrictive training, which involves a machine with a cuff that goes over whatever arm she is working on. She posted a video on her Instagram of curling a can of corn, saying “Who knew a can of corn could be so heavy!!!”
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Who knew a can of corn could be so heavy!!!
prp the elbows
exercises with BFR Delphi machine. @the_oppt @owensrecoveryscience #earnyourdeflate
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So understandably, Tamulis didn’t arrive in Toledo last week feeling too confident about her game.
“I came in with very low expectations,” she said. “It’s not usually the way I prepare. But it’s not like I forgot how to play golf.”
During the time off during the pandemic, Tamulis, who lives in the Tampa area, also remembered something else she loves to do — fish. Her Instagram feed is filled with photos of Tamulis and her husband on their boat and with their catches.
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What a FAB weekend!! Sand bar Saturday with friends, then an early wake up for an epic day of fishing with my cutie pie @jeremy_a_maddox and @danielskuta55 Caught my biggest red grouper to date,
By: Greg Hardwig
Title: LPGA’s Kris Tamulis fighting through elbow injuries, happy to have caddie back
Sourced From: golfweek.usatoday.com/2020/08/06/lpga-kris-tamulis-elbow-injuries/
Published Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:00:09 +0000