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On-the-Course Health Hazards

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The Senior Game

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On-the-Course Health Hazards

In the middle of a round one hot Florida day, I went to take a sip of soda and a yellow jacket sitting on the can's rim stung me. The inside of my upper lip swelled up, and it hurt like the dickens, but since our group was at the far end of the course, I just went on. At least the pain in my lip distracted me from the pain of my game.
When you get to the course, you don't want to be distracted by insects in the air, chemicals on the ground, or ticks in the woods. The game is distracting enough as it is. Here's how to prevent medical problems caused by these on-the-course health hazards.

Reducing Chemical Exposure
  • Don't move anything from the turf to your mouth.
  • Talk to the golf course superintendent to find out what chemicals were applied and when.
  • Wash your hands and forearms at the end of a round.
  • Wear long pants whenever the weather allows.
  • Avoid playing on days when pesticides or fertilizers have been applied to the turf.
  • Never play golf in your bare feet.

    Avoiding Ticks
  • After a round, check your body for ticks, particularly on the scalp, armpits, groin, belt line and back of the knees.
  • Dress in light-colored clothing so you can see dark ticks.
  • Wear socks that cover your ankles.
  • Spray exposed skin with a tick repellant.
  • Tuck your pants into your socks before walking into tall rough or the woods.
  • Shower promptly after playing using a washcloth to scrub away ticks.
  • Wash your golf clothes or put them in high heat in the clothes dryer for 20 minutes, which will kill ticks.

    Golf Injury Handbook

    Find out more about the treatment and prevention of these on-the-course health hazards in the Golf Injury Handbook:

    Golf Ball Liver  ·  Tick Bites  ·  Lyme Disease ·  Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever  ·  Allergies  ·  Asthma ·  Insect Bites ·  Bee Stings  ·  Heat Exhaustion  ·  Heat Stroke
    Skin Cancer  ·  Eye Problems

    $14.95 Paperback · 172 pp. · ISBN 0-471-24853-3

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