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Bowls club helping stroke victims with recovery

A bowls club in Taunton is doing its bit to help stroke victims regain their fitness. Photo: ITV News

A bowls club in Taunton is helping stroke victims regain their fitness.

Repetitive rehabilitation exercises are crucial to the recovery of stroke survivors but sometimes they can be boring and monotonous.

So, the club has joined forces with a support group in the hope the popular game can make things more interesting and help change lives.

Most stroke patients are left with a weak arm, which can be improved through physiotherapy. Credit: ITV News

Most stroke patients are left with a weak arm, which can be improved through physiotherapy.

Members of Taunton Stroke Club have found a game like bowls is ideal because it involves 'hidden' physiotherapy exercises.

We have wheelchair and chair exercises at the club every week but this is great anything you can do that's a different activity that's a sport whether you're sitting down or not is really, really great for everybody's you know well being.

– Pip Sheard, Taunton Stroke Club

To come here the members it's a highlight of our visits because there's the facilities for people to bowl who have got disabilities often it could just be the use of one arm, often it's members who can't walk but they can bowl.

– Rachel Renfree, Taunton Stroke Club
The members like the fact that you can incorporate physiotherapy and fun. Credit: ITV News

I think the exercise is good and I do get tired, I love playing and the people here they are so lovely.

– Club member

It's a challenge like you're trying to get as close to the jack as you can so you listen to what people tell you to do and you try and do the best you can.

– Club member
Taunton Deane Bowling Club members help put the sessions on. Credit: ITV News

The Taunton Deane Bowling Club members have been helping to run the sessions.

We've got a fellow one in particular fellow who had a stroke and finds it very difficult he joined here and he is now bowling regularly in the leagues here.

– Mike Westlake, Taunton Deane Bowling Club
  • A stroke is the third largest cause of death in the UK and the largest cause of disability.

The Stroke Club has been using the bowls facility on and off for the last 10 years.

It has been such a success that they have now decided to increase the number of times they visit.