Strengthening in a Therapeutic Golf Program for Individuals Following Stroke


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Abstract

Stroke can be a devastating event, leaving survivors with residual motor deficits that impact negatively on quality of life. Leisure is the most significant predictor of quality of life in adults with disabilities and is greatly reduced following stroke. Therapeutic Golf is an innovative rehabilitation approach that integrates physiotherapy and golf for individuals following stroke. Therapeutic Golf encourages the learning of a new motor skill and participation in leisure activities. This comprehensive, task-oriented approach may increase motivation to participate in therapy and may improve quality of life. This article describes the strengthening component of a Therapeutic Golf program following stroke. A brief review of the muscle groups used during golf and principles for strengthening activities are presented.

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