Physical Therapist Keeps Pro-Golfers on the Green
School of Health Sciences DPT Alumnus Marc Wahl Helps PGA Tour Pros to Make the Cut
Every day, physical therapist Marc Wahl, DPT, OCS, CertMDT, makes sure that some of the top-rated golf players in the world can play their best.
“I can’t believe I’m working with literally the best golf players in the world,” said Wahl, a graduate of Touro College School of Health Sciences (SHS) Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program (’98). “And they consider me a very important part of their team.”
For over a decade, Wahl has been working exclusively for the professional golfers on the PGA tour. He has worked at more than 250 tour events and more than 42 players. His current clients include acclaimed golfers Jimmy Walker, JB Holmes, Sean O’Hair, Brooks Koepka, and Brandt Snedeker. In the video above, he describes his work during the PGA Tour Championship, the final event of the tour, where he supported two of his players.
Wahl described his time at Touro as an integral part of his success. “Touro instilled in me that it was my responsibility to keep on learning,” explained Wahl. He combines his knowledge with a deep-seated passion, likening the field to both a science and an art.
Wahl’s role is both to ensure that his players don’t injure themselves and helping them back to the tee when an injury occurs, a role he compares to that of a firefighter. “My niche is identifying injury risk,” he said. “There’s a lot of responsibility on motions and movement and where it starts and stops. The guys I work with are those that have had injury problems their entire career, but they’re still in the game. They’re in the race. You can’t pull them off the course and I don’t try to change them. They want me to manage their problems so they can go out and practice again the next day and get better.”
“If you can’t play, you’ll see me and you’ll play,” said Wahl.
Wahl’s skill and dedication have been noticed by his clients.
“Wahl has kept me in tournaments where I might have had to pull out,” said PGA Tour golfer Brandt Snedeker. “He kept my body able to withstand 32 weeks on the road and what I put it through. He’s unbelievable. He’s probably the one guy on my team who’s over-delivered on everything he promised me. Very few people in life do that. And Marc is only able to do that because he’s passionate about what he does.”