Posted on Oct 19, 2020
The Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, North Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey, has welcomed the results of an international research study that provides new evidence to suggest that playing golf offers health benefits to older participants in the form of improved muscle strength and balance.
The two-year Strength and Balance Study, backed by The R&A and carried out by Professor Maria Stokes OBE at the University of Southampton and Dr George Salem at the University of Southern California (USC), found that:
Speaking about the study’s findings, Tracey said “as The R&A has reported, muscle strength and balance exercises form an important part of the World Health Organization’s recommended guidelines to tackle physical inactivity in older people. In Parliament, we have heard about the physical and mental health benefits of golf and it is good to see evidence supporting that. This will go a long way to further the argument for physical activity, and specifically golf, to be available through the NHS to reduce healthcare costs long term, and promote longevity in the UK’s population.”
More information, and access to The R&A’s Golf and Health Report (2016-20), is available here.
About APPG – Golf
The All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group has the singular goal “to support the sport of golf” and comprises Members of both Houses of Parliament who work to promote the sport and resolve issues it faces. The Group receives no taxpayer funding and is reliant on subscriptions from external partners to help deliver its aims.