Disc Golf Strong Advisory Board

There are a lot of elements required to be able to play disc golf – determination, passion, and a love for the sport. Despite being an activity for all ages, players often overlook the need to stay strong and healthy, especially when traveling on the road to compete at a professional level.

That’s where the Disc Golf Strong Advisory Board comes in, with specific health and fitness information and training for the disc golf community. Whether you’re battling a previous injury, need to improve your offseason regimen, or want help with personal nutrition, you’ll receive expert recommendations that are created specifically for disc golfers.

The Disc Golf Strong Advisory Board is focused on using each member’s unique perspectives and background to identify and address the specific needs of both the disc golf athlete and the disc golf community as a whole in a way that has never been done before. 

Long gone are the days of using generic training information off the internet. Our team of professionals bring their own love for disc golf into this unique program that fosters a mindset of health and strength. Our goal is simple – to allow you to play Disc Golf Strong for years to come!

The Disc Golf Strong Advisory Board brings diverse experience and knowledge to every facet of your game:

Seth Munsey- Strength and Conditioning

As the founder and owner of Disc Golf Strong, Seth works with all levels of golfers from the rec player to the touring pro, providing both in-season and offseason information and training to help them play at the top of their game. 

During the 2017 offseason, Seth worked with pros including:

  • Ricky Wysocki
  • Paige Pierce
  • Sarah Hokom
  • Madison Walker
  • Eric Oakley
  • Tina Stanaitis

He developed training plans for each of them, allowing them to fully prepare for the 2018 touring season.

Seth received his BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) with a focus in Strength and Conditioning from Cal State Fullerton where he graduated at the top of his class.  After graduating, Seth was certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). 

He worked with the Anaheim Ducks as their Strength Coach Intern for the 2011/12 season, working with players to keep them strong and healthy during the season, as well as, during the offseason to help them prepare for the future.

It was during a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor course with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in 2009 that Seth found his passion for working with rotational athletes. 

He also owned a fitness training center for 4 years, yet closed it in April 2016 to focus on Disc Golf Strong full-time and spend more quality time with his wife and two daughters.

Seth also travels and teaches certifications and workshops for two fitness organizations as an Instructor for Original Strength and Master Instructor for DVRT Ultimate Sandbags.

He is also certified by the Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) as a Kettlebell Instructor and has assisted with multiple certifications helping train future instructors.

 

Dr. Branden Garland- Sports Medicine 

Dr. Branden Garland has been an avid disc golfer since 2014 when Portland, Oregon hosted the PDGA World Championships. As a chiropractic sports physician, he has always had a passion for treating athletes and helping to improve their performance and refine their technique.

Using his treatment skills as a chiropractor, Dr. Garland has brought his expertise to the disc golf world by treating individuals at various disc golf events over the past four years, including:

  • 2014 PDGA Worlds
  • Beaver State Fling
  • Rose City Open
  • Multiple local Portland events

By teaming up with Disc Golf Strong, Dr. Garland offers a sports medicine perspective to the disc golf community. Chiropractic work is a natural fit with disc golf, and bringing these two passions together is an easy connection.

The disc golf throw is a very athletic and biomechanically dense coordinated movement. After using chiropractic adjustments to improve movement in specific joints that may be lacking mobility, disc golfers are regularly amazed at the immediate improvements after being treated.

Coupled with soft tissue work designed to reduce scar tissue, muscle and tendon tension, and adhesions between soft tissue layers, the total treatment allows disc golfers to move freely, with improved strength and stability, as well as less compensation.

Dr. Garland graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor’s in Biology in 2008, and New York Chiropractic College (D.C.) in 2011. Since graduating, he has earned Board Certification as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (C.C.S.P.).

Recently, he fulfilled his passion for treating athletes by opening his own practice in 2017, Oregon Sports and Family Chiropractic in Newberg, OR. He can be reached via email at thediscdocs@gmail.com, on Facebook, and at www.oregonsportsandfamily.com.

 

Marc Halpern- Nutrition 

Marc brings an underutilized facet of disc golf training to the table with his viewpoints on health and nutrition. He’s a success story in his own right, having lost 75 lbs and experiencing the life-changing difference that improved health can bring. This weight loss boosted Marc’s confidence, shaped his hobbies, and ultimately his career.

Having played golf from a young age, he runs a personal training and nutrition business out of TPC Summerlin, a PGA tour owned facility. Marc adds a valuable element to the Disc Golf Strong Advisory board with his philosophy:

  • Food and exercise should enhance your life, not stress, hurt, or take away from valuable time experiencing other things.
  • There isn’t one type of food or style of eating that can universally change the world. These are individual choices and there are many different ways of eating that can bring you success.
  • Disc golf fitness training, body composition, and health goals don’t have to be separate things. They can work in harmony instead of against each other, which happens all too often.
  • A minimal effective dose should be used. Unless it’s also your hobby, just use the most effective strategies to enhance your life.

Marc’s certifications include a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Nutrition Science from University at Buffalo. He’s a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

He’s also certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) and has completed the Functional Movement Screen level 1 and 2, Precision Nutrition, and Strongfirst Kettlebell certifications.