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The effects of golf training in patients with stroke: a pilot study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 January 2015

Tobias Schachten*
Affiliation:
Institute of sport science, University of Regensburg, Germany
Petra Jansen
Affiliation:
Institute of sport science, University of Regensburg, Germany
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: Tobias Schachten, Institute of sport science, University of Regensburg, Universitätsstr. 31, 93053 Regensburg, Germany. Phone: +49-941-943-2445. Email: tobias.schachten@ur.de.

Abstract

Background:

Stroke is the most common neurological disease and the primary cause of lifelong disability in industrialized countries. Because of this it is important to investigate any kind of successful therapy.

Methods:

From the 24 recruited stroke patients who were between 23 and 72 years old, 14 patients were separated either in a golf training group (EG), or a social communication meeting (CG). Both groups met for one hour sessions, twice a week, for ten weeks. All participants completed assessment tests before and after the experimental period: cognitive tests measuring attention (Go/No-Go task), visual-spatial memory (Block-Tapping test) and mental rotation performance (MRT); a balance test (Berg Balance Scale), and an emotional well-being test (CES-D-Scale).

Results:

The results show that both groups improved in the CES Scale, the block-tapping test and the balance test. In addition, stroke patients who received a golf training showed a significant improvement in the MRT comparing to the control group (CG).

Conclusion:

It is indicated that golf training can improve visual imagery ability in stroke patients, even late after stroke.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © International Psychogeriatric Association 2015 

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