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
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For the next 3 months, Athletic Edge Sports Medicine will be highlighting some of the sports events happening around Toronto that are held in support of different charities. The first event we’d like to highlight is one that AESM has been involved with for many years.
Kids Help Phone isn’t an organization devoted to the mental health of children and teams. Counselors at Kids Help Phone are available 24 hours a day to help guide kids through difficult issues like divorce, depression and bullying.
On May 6, Kids Help Phone will once again be holding their Walk So Kids Can Talk. Each year the Kids Help Phone raises over $1 million through the Walk So Kids Can Talk. This 5 km walk takes place along the Lakeshore, and is taking place in major cities across Canada. This year’s Walk So Kids Can Talk in Toronto will take place on May 6th, 2012 at 8am. Participants should go to Woodbine Park at Coxwell and Woodbine an hour before the event begins.
Like many charity walks, there are lots of participants who are otherwise not particularly physically active. If you happen to be one of those people, and you have an upcoming walk, how can you get yourself in shape?
To begin with, if you have at least a few weeks before the walk happens, you could start walking on a regular basis. Start with just 30 minutes, and add about 20% per week until you reach your goal. Most people walk at a pace of about 5 km per hour. This means it’ll take you about 4 weeks to reach 60 minutes.
Stretch after each walk. We don’t actually teach stretching before a walk anymore, as stretching “cold” can increase the risk of injury. It’s especially important to stretch your calves if the walk your doing has any hills. Climbing or descending hills puts a lot of strain on the calves.
Wear a comfortable pair of running shoes. Running shoes are designed to give more support for the arch, and more cushioning for the foot, than regular shoes. Different foot types may require different types of running shoes, depending on the arch height of the foot.
Taking the steps should make your day at the Walk So Kids Can Talk a comfortable and enjoyable experience. If you are interested in fundraising for the Kids Help Phone Walk So Kids Can Talk you can find more information on the Walk So Kids Can Talk Website.
If you have any questions about stretching or running shoes, or if you’d like more advice about training for a walk, please give the experts at Athletic Edge Sports Medicine a call at 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca