Simply put, golfers live longer, have better overall physical health, and gain wellness/ mental health benefits. These associations are likely due to the golden combination of walking, muscular activity, and social interaction (amongst other factors). So whether you’re young or old; a scratch golfer or have never picked up a club before, there are now even more reasons to head to your nearest course!

  • Physical benefits include: improved cardiovascular risk-factor profiles; improved blood-glucose levels; and increased life expectancy
  • Psychological benefits include: improved self-esteem, improved confidence, and reduced anxiety
  • Golf also provides a great opportunity for developing interpersonal skills, emotional control, and enhancing social connections

Golf & Its Effect on Health – BJSM Podcast

Steffan Griffin of the British Journal of Sports Medicine speaks to Dr Andrew Murray – SEM consultant & adventurer (amongst other things!), who is currently undertaking a PhD looking into ‘Golf and Health’. We talk about how the Golf and Health project was born, and some of the notable findings from his recently published scoping review. This is a must-listen for any SEM professional/student, not only due to some of the clinical pearls, but due to the fact that this is a shining light of what other sports could also be doing!


The Relationships Between Golf and Health: A Scoping Review

Murray AD, Daines L, Archibald D, et al, The relationships between golf and health: a scoping review
Br J Sports Med Published Online First: 03 October 2016. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096625

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