The association of golf participation with health and wellbeing: A comparative study.

Graeme Sorbie, Ashley Richardson, Jonathan Glenn, Scott Hardie, Sharhidd Taliep, Matthew Wade, Lizzie Broughton, Steven Mann, James Steele, David Lavallee

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Abstract

Golf participation is comprised of activities likely to be beneficial to golfer’s health and wellbeing, including regular walking and social interactions. The study aimed to use a questionnaire to compare physical activity, social trust and personal wellbeing of golfers with national statistics. Furthermore, the study aimed to measure the association between golfers’ physical activity levels and self-efficacy for both golf and general exercise participation. Results demonstrated that golfers reported significantly different physical activity levels in comparison to the population of England. Golfers scored significantly higher on social trust and personal wellbeing compared to the population of the UK and England respectively. Golf and exercise self-efficacy was significantly associated with physical activity. The findings of the study demonstrate that, despite golfers having relatively lower levels of physical activity, golf participation is associated with psychological wellbeing. Implications for coaches focus on increasing awareness of the possible benefits of golf participation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Golf Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - May 2020

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Sorbie, G., Richardson, A., Glenn, J., Hardie, S., Taliep, S., Wade, M., Broughton, L., Mann, S., Steele, J., & Lavallee, D. (Accepted/In press). The association of golf participation with health and wellbeing: A comparative study. International Journal of Golf Science.