Everything about my golfers’ health is personal to me. That’s because I know that if they are in peak condition they will not only win more often, but they will also be better husbands, fathers and live a happier, more fulfilled life.
Yes, optimal health does all that. And I want the same for you.
A big part of optimal health is preparation. That’s why I make sure that each of my golfers travel with their own customized personal pharmacy in a bag. I examine every aspect of their medical profile and make sure they have just what they need at all times. Each of you should have the same.
While I don’t know your personal medical histories, I am going to share the basics of medical preparedness. In most cases, packing these simple items will make you safer and give you piece of mind.
INSIDE YOUR OWN PERSONAL MEDICINE BAG
Got pain? Headaches? Fever?
I suggest you always carry extra strength Tylenol and ibuprofen. And here’s an insider’s tip – did you know that you can safely take both? You can – and it gives you faster and better results! Just follow the instructions on the bottles.
Blurry eyes clouding your swing?
Allergies may sound like a minor problem, but they actually are a massive issue for my pro players and everyday golfers alike. If you are one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, you need to be prepared. I advise packing both sedating and non-sedating antihistamines.
In fact this is such a big issue that I wrote a whole blog about the topic. See: Can’t See the Golf Ball, for full details.
Common cold skyrocketing your score?
For you NON–pros, consider a nasal decongestant that contains pseudo ephedrine or a Vicks inhaler for the fastest results.
Anti-doping rules make my job a little tougher for my pros because both of these substances are banned. Anti doping rules are complicated and we need to assess each substance on a case by case basis.
Time on the toilet keeping you from lingering on the links?
I know this problem can be frustrating, but from a medical perspective, you want to know that often diarrhea is often your friend. Why? Because it’s your body’s way of clearing out harmful toxins.
However, I know you don’t want anything delaying your tee time, so it’s ok to take Imodium and buy yourself 4 – 5 hours. I don’t recommend repeated use. If the diarrhea persists more than 24 hours, if there is blood in the stool or you have belly pain, see a doctor right away.
Sore throat slowing you down?
I advise packing throat lozenges for two reasons. One they will make your throat feel better and keep you swinging. Two, painful throats typically keep you from drinking and eating – and as you now know ( Eat right, Supercharge your score and Win Big with Water), those are key for health.
If your throat hurts for more than 24 hours or if you have a fever, take it seriously and seek medical advice.
Got an owie?
Blisters, cuts and bruises aren’t just for kids…they are a fact of life for a golfer. Pack plenty of Band-Aids in different sizes as well as alcohol swabs and antibiotic ointments.
What’s your 911?
I’ve shared the basics…but don’t forget to take care of your own special needs. Those should always be in your medicine bag. Keep them close and never check them when you fly.
Feel better? You should! Now you are covered in most basic medical situations. Remember, each of you is different – so make sure you consult your doctor and tweak this list to fit your personal needs.
Once your bag is set, share the basics with your partners and friends. Make the commitment today to be prepared for basic medical needs all season long!