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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to Host 16th Annual First Swing Adaptive Golf Clinic

Released May 2, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, NY – May 2, 2012 -- The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is hosting its 16thannual First Swing Adaptive Golf Clinic on May 18 for therapists, golf professionals and physically challenged individuals. It is designed to train therapists and other rehabilitation team professionals to teach and encourage people who have had amputations, use wheelchairs or have other physical impairments to learn or re-learn the game of golf using adaptive or specialized golf equipment.

“It might seem like playing golf is impossible if one has a physical disability, but this is not true,” said Joanne Auerbach, Therapeutic Recreation Program director at Burke. “Participants in this clinic will learn techniques and see equipment that can open a world of outdoor enjoyment.”

The clinic will cover the appropriate golf club grip, how to assume the proper stance and address ball set-up and balance. There will be demonstration of adaptive golf equipment and elements of the seated and standing swing will be taught by NAGA golf professional and above-the-knee golfer Frank Stewart, who lost his leg to cancer in 1997.

The event is co-sponsored by Eastern Amputee Golf Association, National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA), Disabled American Veterans, Professional Golfers Association of America and United States Golf Association.

 The First Swing Adaptive Golf Clinic will be held at the Fairview Golf Center in Elmsford and will be broken up into a morning and an afternoon session. The First Swing Seminar for therapists and golf professionals will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and costs $25. This classroom seminar will cover basic golf techniques and rules, as well as the use of special equipment. The participants of the morning session are also invited to attend the Learn to Golf Clinic from 12 to 3 p.m., which is free and open to therapists and ambulatory and non-ambulatory golfers, both amateur and professional. For more information, please contact Deirdre Otto, certified recreation therapist, at 914-597-2355.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ­treatment, while its research scientists at the Burke Medical Research Institute explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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