A new study points out that coffee may help golfers score during their tournament, whereas it also combats fatigue.
Petey W. Mumford of Auburn University in Alabama, lead author of the study, said that the correlation between golf and caffeine hasn’t been thoroughly studied, whereas the emphasis stands on endurance sports.
Dr. Kaelin Young, senior author of the research paper, from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, reported that even in golf a considerable amount of physical activity was involved, as professional golfers might walk across the field for approximately four hours during one round of golf.
Dr. Young also said that factors such as mental and physical fatigue were implied by golf tournaments.
12 male golfers were monitored and studied as they played a 36-hole tournament for two consecutive days. These men were already daily caffeine consumers.
They were instructed by researchers to consume a meal two hours before starting the tournament and to avoid drinking coffee. A device that monitored their health during the first and second day was attached to their equipment.
Moreover, one of the researchers gave them 155 milligrams of a caffeine-based supplement to one group and a placebo to the other. Before the game, they were asked to respond to a questionnaire regarding how dynamic they felt. To be more precise, the questionnaire tackled their mood and energy levels.
For starters, after nine attempts, they were asked to take another caffeine supplement and a placebo. Afterwards, they had to fill out another questionnaire regarding their mood and energy. After finishing the game, the golfers were offered the third questionnaire.
All in all, men who received caffeine supplements reported an energy boost and less fatigue, unlike those in the placebo group. Men who took the supplements reported 77 strokes, in comparison to the other group who had 79.
Australia-based David Bishop of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living and College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne explained that, prior to coffee, golfers ought to train more, for starters. He also said that they should drink coffee or take caffeine supplement if and only if their dietician advised them to do so. He said golf players are to avoid high doses of coffee (or caffeine) as these might have a negative effect, increasing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risks.
However, many athletes and sport enthusiasts have been using caffeine, generally speaking, and will continue to do so.
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