On May 16, Huntington Hospital, in collaboration with American Stroke Association,
brought together a group of local stroke survivors in various stages of
recovery for “Saving Strokes” golf therapy at Brookside Golf
Course in Pasadena. Our stroke and rehabilitation team were on hand, as
well as golf professionals, to assist attendees as they learned techniques
for overcoming common stroke disabilities and increasing coordination
and strength. They took part in activities designed to improve their golfing
skills, including driving, chipping and putting. Special equipment, such
as adaptive carts and golf clubs were also provided to participants with
balance or coordination issues.
Stroke is the leading cause of severe, long-term disability and No. 5 killer
in the U.S. In Los Angeles, stroke is the second leading cause of death.
About 795,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke this year,
or one person every 40 seconds. Saving Strokes was developed based on
a 1999 University of Chicago study which showed that techniques important
in golf – focus, dexterity and balance – can also improve
strength and flexibility for stroke survivors.
For more information about Huntington Hospital’s stroke program,