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PDGA Medical Committee

PDGA Medical Committee

Seth Munsey (back) helps Eagle McMahon prepare before a tournament. Courtesy photo

By J. Branden Garland, DC, CCSP and Seth Munsey, CSCS

We find ourselves in an unprecedented time. For many of us, this has been the longest stretch of time without disc golf in memory. We are used to playing with friends, taking part in regular league play, tournaments, and other forms of competitive disc golf. We depend on this not only for activity, but also as a social outlet.

Without disc golf, we all feel a gap in our lives. That said, there are things we can be doing to maximize our athletic potential on the course when things open up.

The Professional Disc Golf Association is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and evaluating its potential impact on our membership across 43 countries on six continents, as well as disc golfers everywhere.

The PDGA is implementing a new policy on eligibility for gender-protected divisions (that is, female divisions). The PDGA Policy on Eligibility for Gender-Protected Divisions was developed by the PDGA Medical Committee with input from Laura Nagtegaal and was approved by the PDGA Board of Directors on 12 March 2019. 

The PDGA is seeking qualified volunteers for the PDGA Medical Committee, whose purpose will be to advise on matters of player health and well-being. Qualified candidates include medical professionals -- such as doctors, clinicians, scientists, and practitioners -- specializing in sports medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, endocrinology, and similar fields. Those with knowledge of International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency standards are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more about the PDGA Medical Committee please contact Elaine King at [email protected].