A prevailing interest of mine has always been promoting exercise for health. Partly in an effort to get better at conducting research, and partly out of curiosity I decided to do a PhD looking at golf and health.
The first part of this was to see what was out there- by doing a scoping review. We found 5000 odd papers that were vaguely relevant and 301 that were very relevant. We have pulled this information together, and have been fortunate to secure publication in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the number 1 ranked sports science and sports medicine journal worldwide.
Links to our findings are shown in the infographic below, with the original publications here
- Scoping Review (online full) – http://eur.pe/2dP97Ad
- Scoping Review (PDF full) – http://eur.pe/2cQ3srh
- Infographic (BJSM version) – http://eur.pe/2cQ1KX9
- Infographic (G&H version – Online) – http://eur.pe/2dsBMN6
- Launch Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7ecSxUHTDw
The bottom line is that as with physical activitiy in general, the best evidence we have highlights golf is good for health, and can be played across the lifespan. There are physical health, wellness, and likely longevity benefits.
The papers are part of the Golf and Health project with the World Golf Foundation. We will publish results whether they are good, bad or indifferent. So far over 100 press articles have featured the scoping review, while we are honoured to have player ambassadors that have won over 30 major titles, and 350 overall titles between them, including Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam, Padraig Harrington, Brooke Henderson, Zach Johnson, SO Yeon Ryu, Ryann O’Toole and Aaron Baddeley.
This information, and much more is being curated into a website www.golfandhealth.org – please do check it out.
I am learning about research every day. The expertise from my supervisors Prof Nanette Mutrie, Liz Grant, Paul Kelly, and Roger Hawkes has been absolutely superb, while Aston Ward, Steve Mona, Steffan Griffen and our fantastic ambassadors are doing a terrific job of sharing findings widely- in fact so good that a UK parliament early day motion was passed, welcoming the research.