Health & Wellness

GOLF & HEALTH PROJECT LAUNCHES TO HIGHLIGHT HOW GOLF CAN BENEFIT ALL

  • New and unique project aiming to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of golf has launched around the world
  • An academically rigorous methodology examines pre-existing research
  • Innovative new research will fill knowledge gaps and show golf's role in health and wellbeing

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., USA - October 6, 2016) - World Golf Foundation (WGF) - the non-profit organization developing and supporting initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values - announces the launch of theGolf & Health Project, academically researching and highlighting how the game can benefit peoples' lives.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, led by Dr. Andrew Murray and under the supervision of leading international academics, Professor Nanette Mutrie and Professor Liz Grant, have conducted the largest, most comprehensive study of golf and health, with the results shown in a Scoping Review published in the world's leading sports medicine and science journal, The British Journal of Sports Medicine.  In total, 5,000 papers were reviewed to provide a comprehensive view on the impact of the game on health, illness prevention (and management) and associated injuries (infographic).

Key benefits include improvements in life expectancy and quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits.  Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer.  Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity.

The Project launches with support from all of golf's major organisations, along with an initial eight ambassadors from around the world with more than 30 majors and 350 wins between them -Aaron Baddeley(Australia),Annika Sorenstam(Sweden),Brooke Henderson(Canada),Gary Player(South Africa),Padraig Harrington(Ireland),Ryann O'Toole(USA),So Yeon Ryu(South Korea), andZach Johnson(USA).

"I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the Golf & Health Project and wholeheartedly support the work they are doing to prove the health and wellbeing benefits of golf," explained Gary Player, nine-time Major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member.  "The systematic and academic confirmation of the physical and mental benefits golf gives people will be of great use to us all to spread the word to institutions, governments and the entire world!"

Current information from the Scoping Review and future research findings will continue to be available through the Golf & Healthwebsite - www.golfandhealth.org. This information is designed to be practical and usable by golf's stakeholders to help develop the sport around the world.

The project also aims to show existing and future benefits that are identified are applicable to individuals of all ages throughout society, not just a specific sub-section of the population.

The WGF and the major golf organizations represented on its Board of Directors, along with partners such as the PGAs of Europe and the University of Edinburgh, academic collaborators and supporters from the University of California at San Francisco, and various other organizations, are working together on the Project with a view to sharing its work around the globe.

"The importance of theGolf & Health Projectin the development of the sport is vital, not just for the WGF's partners, but everyone involved with golf around the world," said Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation.  "This Project is something we can all get behind, as it is universally agreed that golf is good for you. It is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more - all to the sport's benefit."

The Project is planning various research-led activities to further prove areas of interest and also expand into currently under-researched areas such as the mental health benefits of golf, physical benefits in older players and the positive effects of spectating.

"For a number of years we've felt we've underplayed the likely benefits of golf on peoples' health," addedGolf & Health ProjectExecutive Director and European Tour Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roger Hawkes.  "Over the last two or three years, there seems to be an interest from various bodies and we've been able to bring together that interest to actually study this area."

Further information, news and features on the Golf & Health Project: www.golfandhealth.org, @GolfAndHealth on Twitter and 'Golf and Health' on Facebook.

Watch the interview with key Golf & Health representatives and ambassadors at https://youtu.be/XIpzLd6e2dc

For queries relating to the Project, contact info@golfandhealth.org and for media queries contact aw@pgae.com.

About Golf & Health

The Golf & Health Project, supported by the World Golf Foundation, is working to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of golf, aiming to help drive an increased interest and participation in golf, and to improve the public image of the sport. 

It also aims to show that existing and future benefits that are identified are applicable to individuals of all ages and in all areas of society, not just a specific sub-section of the population.

Key benefits include improvements in life expectancy, quality of life, as well as physical and mental health.

The Project will see the health benefits communicated and disseminated to policy makers and members of the public to increase awareness of golf's positive influence on health and wellbeing.

For more information: www.golfandhealth.org.

About the World Golf Foundation

The World Golf Foundation develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values. The Foundation, which was founded in 1993 and is supported by major international golf organizations and professional Tours, provides oversight to World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20 and other industry initiatives in support of its mission.

For more information: www.worldgolffoundation.org.