Golf: A matter of life and death, health and happiness, or just Olympic medals?

R Hawkes, Omar Malik, Andrew Murray

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2016 Sees the reintroduction of golf as an Olympic sport with 60 men and 60 women competing for gold. Although few of the 55 million people1 who play golf in over 200 countries on around 32 000 courses worldwide will ever hit these heights, they are subject to many of the relationships and effects that this sport has on longevity, physical health and mental health.

A major new project supported by the World Golf Foundation will assess some of the issues that may be associated with playing, for example, musculoskeletal injuries and skin cancers, and the public health benefits of golf for those playing at any level. In particular, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, musculoskeletal, accident-related, mental health and wellness effects as well as more accurately characterising golf's role as a physical activity, and the effects of utilising golf buggies versus walking the course, are priorities for study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-638
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number11
Early online date17 May 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 May 2016


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