Compared to other outdoor activities, golfing is a relatively safe sport. With its slower speed, even footpaths, and beatific grounds, golf presents fewer opportunities for injury. As a result, most people should feel safe when out on the green. But all activities have their risks, including golf – especially because so many golfers are seniors.
Tripping and falling is a very common golf injury. While younger golfers can brush this off as a silly accident, falls can be very dangerous for seniors. Poisonous plants and venomous insects can pose additional threats on the golf course. It’s difficult to anticipate when an emergency will happen, so it’s best to be prepared.
Whether you’re over 65 years old, new to the sport, or just want to play it safe, there are a few easy things you can do to get help in the event of an accident. After all, it’s not easy getting an ambulance into a golf course. If you’re heading out for a day on the green, we recommend practicing and keeping the following safety tips in mind.
- Tell family or friends where you’re going. If you’re going for a solo game, it’s important to tell friends and family where you’ll be. If you experience an accident and are unable to check in with them, they’ll know the first place to call to check on your whereabouts.
- Turn on “Find My Phone.” Most smartphones have a device locator feature built into the user interface. If you’re spending the day golfing, be sure to keep this location tracker on. This will allow people to find you in the event that sometime happens. Plus, if you accidentally drop your phone somewhere on the course, you’ll have an easier time finding it.
- Consider an alert system. Seniors who love spending time on the green should consider bringing a medical alert system. These devices can allow the user to reach emergency services or family in the event of an accident. Plus, some systems have built-in fall detection. This can help senior golfers get help fast and, in some cases, prevent additional injury.
- Get your emergency contacts in order. All phones can input an emergency contact. This can be extremely helpful if you’re in a stressful situation because the contact will be easier to locate. To that end, this is helpful to healthcare workers and first responders. If something happens to you out on the course, the medical workers who treat you will be able to contact family. If you can’t find the emergency contact function, tape the number to the back of your phone.
Some golfers like to play it safe and use all of these emergency tips. Others feel like they don’t need to practice any of them when golfing with friends or in a group. What’s important is that you reflect on your comfort and health while out on the golf course. Accidents are impossible to predict, and you can never be too safe.