By Dillon Carr, PhD ~
Artwork by Chris McDowell.
The long-term effect of Covid-19 on disc golf remains to be seen, but is expected to bring a significant
increase in participation. As Americans seek opportunities for outdoor recreation that permit social distancing, interest in disc golf is likely to grow.
While increased participation in the sport is a good thing, the complex social dynamics resulting from Covid-19 may lead to restricted course access in urban areas, which may continue to entrench racial and ethnic
disparities in the sport. Continue reading “Covid-19 Boost in Disc Golf Participation May Leave Racial Minorities Behind”
By Josh Woods, PhD ~
Recent steps by the PDGA have put a hold on competitive, sanctioned disc golf at all levels in response to the human coronavirus outbreak.
Yet, most rounds are played during
non-sanctioned events, practice rounds or casual outings. With the closing of many aspects of life over the last weeks, thousands of disc golfers are now trying to figure out how or whether to keep playing. Continue reading “Can Disc Golf Baskets Spread the Coronavirus?”
By Josh Woods, PhD ~
Photo Menickelli et al., 2019.
Life is inherently risky. And if you play sports, injury risk lurks around every corner. Even athletes of esports, who compete while sitting down, face
significant health problems.
Though seen by some as a whimsical game, disc golf can be a menace to the flesh. Having dealt with several problems myself, I reviewed research on the prevalence of disc golf injuries in two previous posts in
Parked—one with an early interview with Disc Golf Strong and the other on stretching. Simply throwing a disc repeatedly, sans ankle turns or catastrophic falls, can wreak havoc on the fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone. Continue reading “Risk of Brain Injury from Disc Strikes Is “Negligible,” New Research Finds”
By Kristian Vernegaard ~
Nick Buysse (beside R. Hood) takes aim at the Seth Burton Memorial Disc Golf Complex in Fairmont, West Virginia. Photo by Jesse Wright.
Hearing the name Robin Hood, you might think of Russel Crowe, Kevin Costner, or an anthropomorphic fox. But thanks to a recent study by Vernegaard, Johansen and Haugen, you can now associate Robin Hood with disc golf as well.
 Continue reading “Disc Golf and the Robin Hood Effect on Public Health”