Numotion's COVID-19 Response: What you Need to Know

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Playing posture: Depending on what you have available, there are several options
  1. Sit: If you have the balance to sit on the front edge of your wheelchair, and the shoulder/arm strength to swing from this position then sitting might be for you
  2. Standing wheelchair: Great option if you have this type of wheelchair.  I use a Permobil F5 VS.
  3. Paragolfer: I was able to try out this specialized wheelchair for golfing or other outdoor sports at a golfing event put on by Ability360. (www.standupandplayfoundation.org)
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 Get secure: Make sure you’re not going to fall out of your chair. I first used a Universal Elastic Strap by Bodypoint, but found I needed something wider. I settled on a 9”-wide transfer strap attached to the back of my wheelchair by rescue climbing carabiners.  It provides comfortable support that I trust.
 
A comfortable grip: My hands are pretty weak, so I’ve found that equipment helps here too. I use two gloves that have gripping-dots and then a wide elasticized strap that wraps around both hands and connects back to itself by hook-and-loop.
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Get on the range: My local driving range wasn’t accessible, so I asked them to make it accessible. Often, and very nicely. Isn’t that a beautiful sight?
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 Off to, and on, the Range: Once my knee block and strap are in place, I can take my own clubs down the range. If I get a little help putting the key into the ball-machine, I can push the button and get my own bucket of balls. I had a whole playlist of songs in my head to help with my swing-tempo, so I don’t rush. If there’s someone around to caddy for me (get me into my gloves, wrap secured around clubs, tee up balls, bungee my right armrest out of the way so I have more room for my backswing, and push me back upright when I’m tired and need to rest) that’s great. Otherwise I work with what I have. These didn’t go as far as I wanted, but I’m learning to get over that. They were fairly well grouped, which most golfers will tell you is quite difficult to do. If I can be kind to myself, and stay in the right mindset, I find the whole thing quite meditative.

 
Heather Markham, MS CS, MS RST, ATP

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Heather Markham, MS CS, MS RST, ATP

Heather Markham, MS CS, MS RST, ATP lives in the Phoenix area, and is a Virtual ATP for Numotion. Heather has been a wheelchair user for the last 12 years due to limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. She has a B.S. in Education from Texas A&M, M.S. in computer science from Midwestern State University, M.S. in Rehab Technology and Science from University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctorate from Walt Disney University. She is a photographer, competitive para-surfer, and was Ms. Wheelchair KY 2013. She lives with her cat, and loves living near family.