There are some serious hazards associated with the game of golf that have nothing to do with water and sand. You have your lightning. And the intoxicated fool in the runaway golf cart. And the screaming slice bearing down on you like a heat-seeking missile.
However Carlos Sanchez Mundial Camiseta , the hazard most likely to strike you is a serious back injury. Swinging a golf club puts a tremendous strain on the back.
As a result, golfers injure their backs more than any other part of their body. The score card shows that back injuries constitute up to 50 percent of all the injuries sustained by male golfers. That includes professionals. In the 1980s, Jack Nicklaus's career almost ended because of back problems.
Injuries do not have to be par for the course for golfers or other sports enthusiasts. Too many people take up a sport to get in shape. They would be much better off getting in shape before they take up a sport.
First Rule: Get In Shape
* Choose a sport that is right for you. Consult a physician before you begin a new sport, especially if you are over 35 Federico Valverde Mundial Camiseta , overweight, easily fatigued, smoke heavily, have a history of family or personal health problems Diego Polenta Mundial Camiseta , or take medication.
* Take the time to visit with an exercise professional to develop a personal training and stretching program. Make sure you know how to stretch just before and after you engage in the activity, and warm up. Professional athletes take time to stretch and warm up properly. So why should you cut corners?
* Take lessons. Learn from a qualifiedcertified instructor.
* Stay hydrated. Drink water or sports drinks before, during and right after playing.
* If you are injured or sore, stop the activity and give the muscles time to heal. Stretching can make them worse.
According to the National Safety Council Jose Maria Gimenez Mundial Camiseta , about 50,000 golfers require emergency room treatment each year, including over 8,000 golf cart incidents.
* Learn the proper swing and body mechanics from a pro.
* Always warm up before you play. Spend a few minutes swinging both the irons and the woods.
* Protect your back. Don't bend from the waist. Use your legs. Squat Fernando Muslera Mundial Camiseta , and get help lifting heavy objects like golf bags from the trunk.
* Don't hang your feet out of carts or drive drunk; drive at a moderate speed; and avoid inclines.
* On the course, golf etiquette and safety go together.
* Before any practice swing or shot, be sure no one is close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball Martin Silva Uruguay Camiseta , or any stones or twigs that could be moved by your swing.
* Never hit a golf ball if others are in range. If you're hitting to an area you can't see, take time to be sure the area is clear.
* Warn others if you're making a shot from a bad lie.
* Heed lightning warnings. Get inside a building as quickly as possible. If a shelter is not available, move toward low ground and avoid lone trees. Do not hold golf clubs.
* To avoid insect stings and tick bites, don't walk through woods and thick grass.
* Wear a hat and sunscreen with a 30 SPF.
* Contact the U.S. Golf Association website for tips on etiquette.
WeeknightWeekend Warrior Tips
* lmost 75 percent of softball injuries involve sliding. Avoid sliding if possible. If you do slide on occasion Guillermo Varela Uruguay Camiseta , practice the proper technique. Encourage your league to use breakaway bases, since almost all sliding injuries involve fixed bases.
* Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat nearly 40,000 people for sports-related eye injuries. Wear sports eyeguards when participating in activities that could injure your eyes.
* Buy quality equipment and keep it properly maintained. Be sure it fits your size and shape.
COPENHAGEN Edinson Cavani Uruguay Camiseta , Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Danish government announced on Friday a slew of measures to tighten crackdown upon gang-related crimes in the wake of a pate of shootings in Copenhagen and other towns.
Danish Minister of Justice Soeren Pape Poulsen revealed at a press conference on Friday afternoon a package consisting of 12 new initiatives designed to stop the gang violence that has been raging Copenhagen for the past few weeks.
The Danish news agency Ritzau reported that a total of 23 gang-related shootings have been registered in Copenhagen over the past two months, with at least six being injured.
Poulsen called the situation "grotesque" and admitted that he was "furious", according to the Danish newspaper The Copenhagen Post.
"The large number of shooting incidents shows that the situation is extremely serious," Poulsen was quoted as saying. "I must emphasize that we will use all the methods at our disposal to increase the already massive pressure on gangs."
According to the minister Alvaro Gonzalez Uruguay Camiseta , the police will employ around 25 computer specialists, all experts in following digital clues, and about the same number of people will be engaged in preventative work in areas judged to be especially at risk.
Meanwhile, the military will take over some of the border control tasks that the police are undertaking at present Mauricio Lemos Uruguay Camiseta , so as to free up police manpower for anti-gang measures.
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