Golf Prevents Death – Part 2 of 2
The men also had a significant 11 percent drop in their standard golf handicap index, a formula used to estimate a player’s skill level. Among better golfers who had a handicap of 12 or less at the start of the study, the average handicap fell by almost 32 percent after CPAP treatment, according to the study, which was published in the Dec 15, 2013 copy of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
The men attributed their improved golf performance to factors such as improved concentration, longevity and decision making. “With the cognitive enhancement afforded by successful treatment of their sleep apnea, they saw measurable improvement early and more significantly than those who were less skilled,” Benton said in a journal front-page news release. The researchers said most avid golfers in the United States are men aged 40 to 70, which is a group with a high rate of sleep apnea.