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July 18, 2009

RUB OF THE GREEN: The ‘itis gang’ ready to pounce on golfers

TERRE HAUTE — Golfers beware! They’re lurking out there on golf courses all over the world, ready to create havoc.

They are the dreaded “itis gang”, namely: arthritis. tendonitis and bursitis. They have the ability to cause excruciating suffering, especially to elbows and shoulders. If an avid divot digger tries to play through the pain he or she could feel misery equivalent to a firecracker exploding inside the affected joint every time a golf ball is struck.

Having been a victim of bursitis some 25 years ago, I felt my golfing days were over, until I made a trip to see a Dr. Ferguson who was Purdue University’s athletics team doctor. Besides heat and cold compresses, he recommended a strap that could be tightened about two inches below the sore elbow. This plus a shot of cortisone directly into the elbow (which in no way can be considered painless) kept this writer on fairways and greens for many additional years.

So if the “itis” culprits gang up on you, don’t wait; get to your family doctor to learn what can be done. Many physicians do not like to prescribe steroids due to possible harmful aftereffects. At any rate you shouldn’t wait to see what could be done to allow you to pursue this difficult game of golf without additional hazards being thrown in your path.

n Our sincere apologies to Kay Kaperak, wife of Ted Kaperak who was featured in our column of July 5. We’ve always been a believer in the axiom: “Behind every successful man there’s a woman”. That certainly holds true for Ted and Kay Kaperak in that Ted’s golfing prowess has definitely been on target during the six years he and Kay have been married.

Kay Kaperak is from Sullivan. She is currently employed by Indiana State Credit Union where she has worked for the past four years. Prior to that she spent 11 years with Old National Bank. She recalls that she and Ted were first acquainted back in 1983. Kay also remembers caddying for Ted during some of his tournaments. It would appear that they make a formidable team.

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