Study into Golf Impact’s on Disabled Players

Carnoustie Golf Links Chief Executive Michael Wells (second left) with Abertay University’s Ashley Williams (third left), Carnoustie Golf Links PGA professional Tom Phillips (third right) and golfers Cavin Clancy (far left), Steve Becala (second right) and Ian Woodcraft (far right).

Dundee, Scotland: Golfers with disabilities are being invited to take part in a new academic study aimed at gathering insights into the sport’s effect on quality of life and life satisfaction.

Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland has partnered with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) to launch the international survey for  golfers with a disability, which will be distributed to golfing and disability support organisations across the globe.

The research project, which will be led by Abertay’s Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences, will undertake an in-depth analysis into the lives of people who engage in golf for the disabled (G4D).

In addition to recording data on physical activity levels, quality of life, life satisfaction and general health, the study will gather information on social and economic factors, as well as measures of anxiety and depression.

The study was launched last week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland and is the latest project to be undertaken at the Carnoustie Golf Links Research Hub, which was developed in partnership with Abertay University.

Carnoustie Golf Links already fosters close ties with the G4D movement through Scottish Disability Sport and Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club, offering specialised Golfers with Disabilities coaching sessions led by PGA of Great Britain & Ireland professionals.

Ashley Williams of Abertay University’s Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences, said: “The G4D movement is growing across the world, but we still need to better understand the impact that taking part in the sport can have on participants.

“We are delighted to be partnering with EDGA on this important work to develop a more in depth understanding of the ways in which golfers with disabilities engage with the sport, and the potential benefits which can be derived from that engagement.

“Abertay’s goal is to produce research that can have impact in the real world, and we hope that the data gained from the survey can be used by disability sport organisations worldwide.”

Dr Tony Bennett, President of EDGA, said: “The evidence we have to date clearly points to golf being good for the health and well-being of golfers around the world.

“We also know that individuals with disabilities are generally less active than their non-disabled counterparts but a significant number want more activity and sport in their lives.

“The nature of golf allows people with a wide range of disabilities to participate in the game due to using their own ball, which is stationary. EDGA is delighted to partner with Abertay University to gain further insights on to the effects of golf on quality of life and life satisfaction.”

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