Stroke survivors get back into the swing of things

Therapists and golf coaches help rehabilitate

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Stroke survivors worked with therapists and pro golfers to get back into the swing of things at the 2nd annual Saving Strokes event and Stockdale country club.
 
"It is just a calm, relaxing atmosphere that they can work on getting their balance back and the stability and just get their muscles moving again," Danay Jones, a sponsor, said.
 
Moving around on the course to play a game of golf is a perfect low-impact activity that helps improve motor skills and coordination, something many stroke victims strive for when they are feeling better.
 
"I want to make them feel like they still could, and I think they still can, so I feel privileged to come out and help them," Bob Paillet, a golf coach at Bakersfield College, said. 
 
It has been 30 years since Sam Lujan picked up a club, but after he survived a stroke back in 2006, he knew that golf was a great way to stay active.
 
"Instead of just sitting watching television, I'm doing something," Lujan said.
 
The event was sponsored by San Joaquin Community Hospital and was completely free to the community.
 
 
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