Strength training and good posture will keep you swinging on the golf course for many years
Research by University of Calgary’s Dave Lindsay suggests that building strength and flexibility could extend your golfing years. Credit: Dave Lindsay

Play golf and live five years longer.

It’s a simple motto, backed by Swedish research, that the University of Calgary’s Dave Lindsay points to as just one of many good reasons to play golf—and to pursue any type of active healthy lifestyle. “Golf is a great pastime that gives us benefits both physically and mentally,” says Lindsay, University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre senior physiotherapist and clinical researcher in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

“Golf is something that people can do throughout life, from age three to 103,” adds the international physiotherapy educator, who has been involved in clinical work and research on hip conditions and golf injuries at the Sport Medicine Centre since it opened in 1989.

The majority of Lindsay’s golf injury research focuses on back pain, and on senior golfers ages 60-plus. Fifty per cent of all golfers will suffer a golf-related injury at some point during their playing life, and half of all injuries are chronic, says Lindsay, emphasizing that the key to preventing injury is a good warm-up. “Research shows that golfers who…