GOLF AND HEALTH

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

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.

Infographic.  Golf and Health.

Infographic. Golf and Health.

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.St Andrews.  The home of golf.

TURNING PEOPLE INTO COUCH POTATOES IS NOT A CURE FOR SPORTS CONCUSSION

Recognising and managing concussion properly is seriously important. After all, you only get one brain.  But if we do this, it is important we continue to advise people to take part in sport and physical activity- for the massive physical and mental health benefits that are available.

Here is a link below to a press release Catherine Calderwood Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Willie Stewart who is a world leader in sports concussion and myself contributed to sharing these clear messages, based on an editorial in (the excellent British Journal of Sports Medicine).  If you agree, please feel free to share widely so we can work together to encourage safe sport for our children and adults.

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Concussion-in-sport-1d9c.aspx

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