Science and Golf III: Proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf
Editors: FARRALLY, Martin R., PhD (Univ of St. Andrews); COCHRAN, Alastair J. Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0-7360-0020-8, Human Kinetics Inc, 1998, $69.00) 740 pages, contributors, hard cover. Audience 1: Sports Scientists Audience 2: Lay Public Other Info: The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
DESCRIPTION: This is the third collection of scientific papers presented to the World Scientific congress of Golf. The content is divided into three sections: The Golfer, The Equipment, and The Course. Previous issues were published in 1990 and 1994. PURPOSE: The purpose is to present a forum and resource for golf research. The editors make a broad collection of scientific papers covering the entire spectrum of the game of golf available to any golf enthusiast. AUDIENCE: The range of topics makes it difficult to pick one particular target group. With respect to the field of sports medicine, the first section entitled "The Golfer" has papers that would aid those who care for patients with golfing problems or injuries. FEATURES: The "Golfer" section covers a variety of subjects from biomechanics to different psychological issues pertaining to golf. Several papers deal with the epidemiology of injuries with some emphasis on the aging golfer and several on low back injuries. Some papers have small population sizes, but all are quite interesting. The equipment papers range in content from specific aspects of the golf club to subjects on the design and interaction of the golf ball. The final section, "The Course," covers topics on grass, the environment, course management, and supply and demand of golf courses. ASSESSMENT: This book appears to accomplish the task of continuing to update the golfing community on the latest scientific research since its last issue. Golf professionals would seem to benefit most from the many papers presented. The sports medicine physician who sees many golfers as patients or researches topics in the field of golf will find the first section beneficial and interesting. Certain topics seem to be emphasized in "The Golfer" section, so complete care of all golf injuries is not covered. Certain other texts such as Wadkins' The Spine in Sports (Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1996) and Player's Fit for Golf (Fireside, 1995) seem to cover areas in sports medicine lacking in this volume. Overall, this is a complete and handy scientific resource text for the golf enthusiast. SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 83 - ***
Roger L. McCoy, MD, MS
(Arizona State University)
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