Returning to golf after a cerebrovascular accident in collaboration with a PGA golf pro and a recreation therapist


  • Amanda F. Grieshaber, MS, CRC, LRT/CTRS, CBIS
  • Danny E. Johnson, PhD, LRT/CTRS
  • Brandi Crowe, PhD, LRT/CTRS



cerebrovascular accident, stroke, leisure, quality of life, community reintegration


The purpose of this qualitative research study was to determine the extent to which collaboration between a Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) golf pro and a licensed recreation therapist influenced an experienced golfer's return to participation in the sport postcerebrovascular accident. Qualitative data were obtained through semistructured interviews and observations. Four themes emerged from the data: (a) activity as motivation, (b) the PGA golf pro's understanding of disability, (c) caregiver support of the participant, and (d) changes in social interaction poststroke. The results from this study could have important implications for PGA golf pros and recreation therapists who work with individuals who have a desire to return to golf after a cerebrovascular accident or other disabiling conditions.

Author Biographies

Amanda F. Grieshaber, MS, CRC, LRT/CTRS, CBIS

Department of Sports and Health Sciences, School of Education, Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina

Danny E. Johnson, PhD, LRT/CTRS

School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina

Brandi Crowe, PhD, LRT/CTRS

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina


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How to Cite

Grieshaber, MS, CRC, LRT/CTRS, CBIS, A. F., Johnson, PhD, LRT/CTRS, D. E., & Crowe, PhD, LRT/CTRS, B. (2017). Returning to golf after a cerebrovascular accident in collaboration with a PGA golf pro and a recreation therapist. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 16(3), 37–47.