ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
High Birth Weight Doubles Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
CANCER
Vitamin E, Selenium and Soy Won't Prevent Prostate Cancer
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
CAREGIVING
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Pollution Particles Impair Blood Vessel Function
EYE CARE, VISION
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
FITNESS
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Retail Clinics Attracting Those Without Regular Doctors
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
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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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