Adaptive Golf for People with Disabilities
Thu, 05/10/2012 - 11:47am | Linda Bollinger
As the weather gets warmer and the grass gets greener, our thoughts turn to outdoor activities. Golf is the perfect sport to combine fresh air and exercise. But if you have a disability or are recovering from an injury or illness, how can you get back into the “swing” of things?
Many people incorrectly believe that once they’ve had a disability or injury, they will never be able to participate in the game of golf again. But there are many adaptive golf devices available to make it possible to play. The benefits of playing golf or another sport are endless, including building endurance, strength and self-esteem when hitting the ball again for the first time since a disabling injury or condition.
Here are some of the adaptive devices available:
Adaptive Golf Gloves and Gripping Aids
Single Rider Golf Carts
Each spring Good Shepherd holds a Learn to Golf Clinic for people with disabilities. It was started by Bob Buck, executive director of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association (EAGA) and Good Shepherd’s Recreational Therapy Department. The program teaches individuals with disabilities the basics of golf and teaches therapists and golf professionals how to instruct people in adaptive golf techniques.
I’ve been involved in the clinic since its inception 27 years ago, and it has been very satisfying and rewarding to see people improve their health and well-being by returning to their recreational interests. More information on EAGA and upcoming golf clinics is available here. With a few modifications or adaptive devices, golf and other sports are possible and make all the difference in the world to people’s motivation for rehabilitation and life!