Golf & Health at the 2018 Ryder Cup
Whilst the spectators at the Ryder Cup are witness to a week of incredible golf, they will also gain many of the same benefits as the players themselves due to the benefits that attending a golf event can offer.
Golf is potentially a unique sport in that those spectating at a golf tournament or event will likely smash through the often recommended daily 10,000 steps, walking in excess of 4 miles.
These health benefits have been acknowledge widely as being an important part of attending golf events, with Ryder Cup Europe this week including on-course signage in the spectator zones, as well as a page in the event’s Official Programme, that explain how those spectators can benefit.
Spectator health benefits form part of the overall Golf & Health Project’s goal of researching and providing information about the wide variety of ways that golf can benefit your physical and mental health.
Previous research has found that during the 2012 Ryder cup spectators collectively walked 4 times around the world. Whilst a recent study at the 2016 Paul Lawrie Match Play event demonstrated that spectators walked on average 11,589 steps with 82.9% of spectators achieving the daily physical activity recommendations.
Achieving these goals on a regular basis is associated with a number of physical and mental health benefits including 35% reduction in cardiovascular disease, 40% reduction in type 2 diabetes, 30% reduction colon cancer, 30% reduction in depression and dementia.