For many people, golf is the sport of choice, and for many, an ideal way to spend much of their free time. For years golfers have celebrated golf’s combination of social interaction, strategy, skill and exercise. In fact, it’s one of few sports that many can continue to enjoy well into their senior years. For those who love to play golf, there are some fantastic charities holding events this summer which offer you additional opportunities to enjoy the sport you love, while also making a difference to others.
One worthwhile annual golf tournament raises funds in support of medical students in Ontario. On June 15th, 2012 The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund will be hosting its 8th annual charity golf tournament. This tournament falls under the umbrella of The Ontario Medical Foundation, which is a Canadian charity founded by the Ontario Medical Association. The Ontario Medical Foundation then created the Ontario Medical Bursary Fund to support medical and health related research in Ontario. Bursaries that support medical students in financial need, regardless of their socio economic backgrounds, are greatly needed. In some cases, a bursary from the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund has been the lifeline without which a student lacking financial means would not have been able to pursue a career in medicine.The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund golf tournament will take place at the legendary and exclusive Angus Glen Golf Club, home to the 2002 and 2007 Canadian Open. Registration for the tournament is a click away on the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund website.
Despite how graceful golf can be, driving balls a hundred yards or more takes power. So does successfully swinging out of the rough. Like any sport, it pays to be in good physical condition as a golfer so that you can enjoy a full 18-hole round and avoid aches and pains that can creep up afterwards. Even the most seasoned golfers have been known to suffer from an injury from time to time. Many golfers are busy people who find it difficult to golf and also make time for the gym. In this case, there are still some things you should make a part of your preparation and conditioning for your regular golf season – or even the occasional game. Walking is a fantastic form of cardio which can increase endurance for golfers. Instead of driving to the store, try taking a power walk. When at work, opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Stairs are a free, easy-to-find, 24/7 gym!
Your core – your middle – is the part of the body under the greatest demand when swinging a club. It’s important your core is strong. There are many core strengthening exercises that you can do at home that will improve your own physical fitness and also improve your swing. Yoga is an excellent way to improve core strengthening, as well as offering outstanding flexibility and stress reduction.
Stretching is also very important both before and after golfing. Dynamic stretching works your gluts, hip flexors and lower back to ensure a better physical experience during your golf game.
Dress for success the day of your tournament! Weather can change on a dime some days, so be prepared for anything with a jacket, sunscreen, hat and umbrella. Most importantly, wear proper golf shoes that you have broken in.
Finally and above all else, have fun! Take advantage of the fact that golf is a great stress reliever and a wonderfully fun sport – don’t take your game so seriously that you lose your ability to enjoy your surroundings, the people you’re with and the sheer pleasure that a round of golf offers. Savour and enjoy the special camaraderie that blossoms from a golf tournament dynamic, and if you are attending The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund Charity Golf Tournament, know that your support will mean the world to medical students throughout this great province.If you are coping with a golf injury, or any injury preventing you from being able to golf, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine and learn how rehabilitation can help. Call 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca