Demographics & Benefits
Fore Hope serves persons of all ages and circumstances. It is estimated that there are 51 million Americans with disabilities, mental health issues and physical and developmental challenges. Most persons with disabilities face inactivity and lack socialization opportunities. There are a multitude of barriers as one becomes isolated and Fore Hope's golf therapy sessions are created to improve one's overall health and well being. Our organization is about helping people feel better about themselves cognitively, socially and physically.
Therapy Benefits Include:
- Strength/endurance - walking on the course, stretching exercises, simply playing the game
- Range of motion - beginning with putting and increase golf swing to increase complete range of motion
- Standing tolerance - practice putting and increase time standing on course with each session
- Balance - putting, bending down to pick up golf ball, advance to pitching--fuller swing
- Right/left stroke clients - decrease L/R neglect and increase use of affected side. Following golf shot. Locating hole on putting green, using affected side as much as possible throughout the game
- Walking on different surfaces - course is good for participants with decreased balance - walk on gravel, pavement, grass, green, rough etc. Also promotes picking up feet for individuals with foot drag (stroke clients)
- Grip Strength - increase strength in fingers to be able to grip club, use FORE HOPE glove to help grip club when grip strength is weak
- Daily living skills - the simple exercise needed to complete a few holes of golf can be applied to the strengths needed for daily living skills. Independence - golf promotes being independent
- Social Skills - participating in groups, league, etc.
- Processing - being able to locate clubs and name them
- Decision making skills - what club to use when on the golf course
- Calculating - work with the numbers on the score card Direction Finding - Where they are on the course and being able to find start/ finish and their way through the course
- Short Term Memory (STM) and/or Long Term Memory (LTM) skills - remember their score, which hole they are on, what club they used etc.
- Sequence - being able to recognize club order, numbers on the score card, yardage markers on the course
Case of Support
Fore Hope provides a continuum of care for persons with disabilities. Our programs help in the prevention of secondary health problems through golf therapy, activity and a return to life's mainstream.
Overall Fore Hope Benefit
Transition from a sedentary lifestyle and discouraging circumstance(s) to an environment of improved well-being and community integration.