ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
CANCER
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
CAREGIVING
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Golf Course Insecticides Pose Little Danger to Players
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
FITNESS
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Study Supports Swine Flu's Pandemic Potential
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
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Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance

FRIDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- If you walk rather than ride a cart when you golf, you'll be adding more exercise to your life -- and maybe more strokes to your score, a new report suggests.

When walking 18 holes, a golfer's swing and mechanics change for the worse, causing the player to hit the ball with less distance and accuracy, according to a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, May 28-31, in Indianapolis.

Researchers studied seven recreational golfers, who typically average a score between 80 and 95, who walked while carrying a weighted golf bag during a simulated golf game. The one female and six male golfers walked 6 miles in total in 1-mile increments. Before the first mile, and after each subsequent mile, each player hit 20 tee shots, totaling 140 tee shots for the round.

Researchers found that over time, the golfers were less able to properly transfer weight to their front leg on a swing, resulting in less club head velocity that could affect how far the ball would travel. The study also showed that over time, the angles of the front knee and ankle at the top the swing changed, a development that could affect a shot's accuracy.

"I think many golfers are realizing that their bodies are the most important tool they have in the golf swing, and that improving physical fitness may be more helpful than expensive golf clubs," researcher Nick R. Higdon said in a prepared statement. "The study suggests that golf mechanics change and performance may decline the longer the golfer walks and swings. Getting in better shape may help golfers combat the effects of fatigue while playing golf."

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about sports fitness.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American College of Sports Medicine, news release, May 29, 2008

Last Updated: June 06, 2008

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