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Golf Injury Handbook

Golf Injury Handbook
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The Senior Game

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The Senior Game

Golfers are different than most athletes: As they grow older, they tend to play more, not less. People over 55 play 50 percent of all rounds and contribute 50 percent to golf revenues every year. As the baby boomer population ages, their sports of choice appear to be golf, tennis and skiing. While skiing and tennis become less inviting as you get older, golf becomes more attractive.

Golf marketers consider you an avid golfer if you play 25 rounds a year. But when I'm in Florida, I play with older, retired golfers who play 250 rounds a year. This amount of play puts senior golfers at risk for a number of overuse syndromes. The repetitive nature of the golf swing can also exacerbate pre-existing and age-related orthopedic conditions.

Golf has no age limit, and no sport caters as much to the older player. The handicap system allows players to remain competitive as their skills begin to deteriorate. Lighter clubs can be used as your strength declines, and a golf cart as your stamina declines.

Optimum performance in golf requires strength, flexibility and endurance, and aging accentuates the loss of these qualities. However, regular exercise and proper nutrition can slow down the loss of physical skills. The effects of aging are more often the result of disuse rather than physical deterioration.

Golf Injury Handbook

Find out more about common senior-golfer injuries and these conditioning tips in the Golf Injury Handbook:

Neck Tilt Against Resistance  ·  Shoulder Shrug with Barbell  ·  Chin Drop  ·  Funky Pigeon  ·  Shoulder Shrug  ·  Shoulder Roll  ·  The Proper Senior Stance ·  Arthritis Relief  ·  Vision Improvement

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

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