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First Swing seminar and Learn to Golf clinic offered at Boeing Classic

SEATTLE - (Aug. 23, 2010) - Virginia Mason Medical Center Recreational Therapy and the Boeing Classic will host an adaptive golf clinic Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m., for people with physical or emotional disabilities. The Learn to Golf clinic pairs individuals with a recreational therapist and golf professional to learn to play golf with the person's unique disability. Golfers will be introduced to adaptive equipment and techniques as well as a one-on-one swing analysis.
 
"Golf is an excellent recreational and rehabilitation activity for people learning to cope with a disability, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or even post-traumatic stress disorder," says Barbara Bond-Howard, recreational therapist at Virginia Mason. "This clinic is also a wonderful way to get individuals who have experienced stroke, amputation, loss of mobility or visual impairment back into the game."
 
The program also offers the First Swing seminar on Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for rehabilitation and golf professionals who are interested in learning adapted golf techniques for people with disabilities. The seminar includes discussion of basic golf techniques, adapted equipment and wheelchair techniques and techniques individuals with disabilities can use to play golf. Participants will also learn the challenges of golfing with prosthetics or with one arm or leg, as well as what it is like to use a wheelchair or specially built golf cart. In the afternoon, the First Swing participants will work with the golfers with disabilities from the Learn to Golf clinic.
 
Individuals will receive 30 minute personalized instruction with a recreational therapist and a golf teaching professional focusing on special adaptations they can use for golfing.
 
The event is sponsored by the First Swing Golf Clinic, National Amputee Golf Association, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust Fun, Virginia Mason Medical Center and Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association.
 
About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit VirginiaMason.org or Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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