ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
CANCER
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
Diabetes Epidemic Now Poses Challenges for Nursing Homes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
Milk Destroys Antioxidant Benefits in Blueberries
The Best Diet? That Depends on You
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Chemicals in Carpets, Non-Stick Pans Tied to Thyroid Disease
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Study Supports Swine Flu's Pandemic Potential
Hidden Salt in Diet Haunts Many With Heart Failure
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
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
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
SENIORS
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
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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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