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Learn How To Avoid Injuries While On Links

Posted June 1, 2006 6:57 a.m. EDT

— The golf course is a good place to work off some weight, but a fun day on the links can quickly turn to injury.

John Doody of Switzerland moves through his golf game slower than he used to. He also takes more time to prepare.

"I usually spend about 10 more minutes than I ever spent before warming up just to get some flex into my legs," Doody said.

Without a warm-up and proper stretching, one swing could pull a muscle or cause back problems. That is true at any age. Davidson College golfer Evan Collins begins with a five-minute jog to warm up before stretching.

"Afterwards, I'll do a lot of focus on my back just because I've had back problems before," he said.

Collins holds each stretch for 15 seconds.

"I find bouncing will hurt your muscles a lot," he said.

Muscle pulls are not the only concern on the links. One round could take a couple of hours, which is a lot of time in the sun.

Before going out on the golf course, make sure to pick up some sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 or higher. Some people are more prone to sunburn and skin cancer than others.

It is best to find something that will protect not only your face, but your ears and your back as well. Plus, there are many clothing options now that not only cover the skin, but offer excellent UV sun protection as well.