Institute for Senior Golf Science

Institute for Senior Golf Science

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  • Mission 

     To develop evidence-based, safe, and effective golf training programs for seniors whom do not current golf, in order to expand golf participation among older adults and under-represented groups—for example, Veterans and persons with disability.

     

     golf position Position Statement:

     Golf participation is a comprehensive, multimodal activity intervention for the improvement of overall fitness and the maintenance of functional independence in older adults. Regular participation is likely to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, power production, flexibility, balance, cognitive function, and overall quality of life in seniors.

     
     

     

       

        

     

    gold research Why This Research is Important

     Aging is associated with decreased cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, power, reaction time, balance, mobility and cognition. These physiological changes increase the risk of falls, limit performance of activities of daily living and reduce life quality. In order to maintain functional independence across the lifespan, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that older adults regularly engage in a combination of cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and balance activities. 
     
    Golf is a recreational activity that includes regular walking over uneven terrain interspersed between high power golf swings, precise putts and various changes in body position. In older adults, this walking is of moderate to high intensity and thus promotes cardiovascular health. The golf swing is a high speed yet precise movement which requires a bilateral weight shift, the coordination of multiple muscle groups, rotation of the head and trunk, and control of momentum; whereas the putt requires the golfer to maintain a still position. Thus, golf play challenges both the dynamic and static postural control of the individual.
    Lastly, golf play requires considerable planning and strategizing (club choice, swing speed, ball positioning), ball tracking, and is a socially engaging activity; thus, golf play is likely to improve mental capabilities, including inhibition, attention, processing speed, and fluid cognition—all of which continue to decline with advancing age.
     
        

    Heroes Golf Intervention for Veterans Exercise Study (GIVE) 

    Given the balance, speed, strength, cardiovascular, flexibility, cognitive, motor skill, and social requirements of golf participation, we believe that golf is a uniquely comprehensive intervention that can be used to promote well-being and improved quality of life in older Veterans. Thus, we plan to investigate the feasibility, adherence, efficacy, and safety of a 12-week golfing program designed for ambulatory older-adult (age 60-80) Veterans. We are collaborating with the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administrations’ Heroes Golf Course (HGC), to conduct the investigation and will use professional golf instructors who regularly train Veterans novel to golf participation.
    We are investigating the feasibility, adherence, efficacy, and safety of a 12-week golfing program designed for ambulatory older-adult (age 60-80) Veterans. We are collaborating with the West Los Angeles Veteran’s Administrations’ Heroes Golf Course (HGC), to conduct the investigation and are using a Professional Golf Association (PGA) instructor who regularly trains Veterans novel to golf participation.

    Primary Study Aims:
    1. To enroll a sample of 25 healthy, ambulatory, older-adult (60-80 years of age) US Veterans whom do not currently golf, into a 12-week senior golf program designed for older-adults.
    2. To examine the efficacy (change in walking biomechanics, strength, flexibility, functional performance, balance, cognition, & quality of life) of the golf program.
    3. To examine the adherence and safety (reported adverse events) of the 12-week senior golf program.

    Research Support Needs:
    1. 22 Golf Club Sets(senior)
    2. 22 sets of bags, shoes, balls, tees
    3. Heroes Green Fees
    4. Golf Instruction Fees
    5. Golf Tracker System
    6. Inertial Sensors
    7. Research Assistant Support

    Study Contributors:
    1. Bandini Foundation
    2. FlightScope
    3. Movement Performance Institute
    4. USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
    5. Urban Golf Performance

    Interested in participating? Please contact Andrea Du Bois, Study Coordinator, at amdubois@usc.edu or 909-223-3885.

     

     

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    GolferDirect Impact

    Your generous donation helps fund this promising research leading to the development of safe, and effective golf training programs for seniors whom do not current golf. 100% of the funds go directly to the Institute for Senior Golf Science at USC. Our study team of kinesiologists, biomechanists, and exercise physiologists are dedicated to maintaining the functional independence of seniors and increasing the quality of life for Veterans and Older Adults through activity-intervention programs.
     

     


     

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