Even though golf doesn’t require intense training, stretching prior to play is still necessary for golfers of all ages, sports medicine experts at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center advise. An increasing number of older Americans are enjoying the benefits of golf, a game that last a lifetime. According to the U.S. National Golf Foundation, senior golfers (over 50-years-old) account for about 25 percent of the total golfer population
“Warm-up prior to practice or playing reduces the risk of injury for any sport. It is not wise to go from the parking lot to the first tee or to the driving range without properly stretching,” according to Timothy Sell, Ph.D., P.T., coordinator of research and activities at the University of Pittsburgh Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL).
“The common misconception is that golf is a sport with few injuries and thus is suited for an older population. In reality, approximately 30 percent of all people who play golf will experience some type of golf injury. The golf swing places a tremendous amount of stress on the body and as such, prior to playing golf, whether young, old, male, female, elite or amateur, one must make sure that his or her body is in good physical condition. A person is never too old to improve fitness through aerobic activity, flexibility and strength training,” Dr. Sell adds.