Continuous positive airway pressure to enhance golfer’s performance

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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:52 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Tue Dec 17, 2013.

A recent study from the Atlantic Sleep & Pulmonary Associates finds that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea boosts the performance of middle-aged male golfers.

Dr. Marc Benton along with colleague Neil Friedman conducted a study of 12 men who suffered from obstructive sleep apnea. The male participants aged between 40 and 70 years old who maintained a handicap with the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN).

"The degree of improvement was most substantial in the better golfers who have done a superior job of managing the technical and mechanical aspects of golf.” 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,” Dr. Benton was quoted as saying.

The study finds that CPAP therapy is the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Though, it is more common in men, this therapy keeps the airway open which provides an airway from a mask worn during sleep.

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