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.