Hospitals in Action

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

A one-of-a-kind event pairs golfers with physical challenges and able-bodied players to increase awareness about golf as a therapeutic tool.

Every September, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center’s San Diego Rehabilitation Institute sponsors the SoCal Rehab Golf Classic, a tournament that features players with disabilities playing alongside able-bodied people to raise awareness about the healing powers of the sport. For those who have survived a stroke, traumatic brain injury, amputation, or seniors with physical challenges due to aging, golf can be a therapeutic tool and a way to improve mobility while swinging clubs.  

“It’s a great way to continue the healing process of those who have suffered health challenges, and it’s a healthy, constructive way to remain socialized,” said Mary Williams, event coordinator and recreational therapist at Alvarado Hospital.