New York, NY (Jan. 15, 2016) – The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), the country’s largest Parkinson’s disease grassroots organization serving people with Parkinson’s and their families, and BioMech Golf Equipment have partnered to raise funds and help people with Parkinson’s get back to the golf game they enjoy, thanks to a cutting-edge and innovative golf club.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition that is characterized by motor problems including slowness of movement, rigidity, and tremor. These symptoms can make playing golf incredibly challenging, and in some cases, impossible. BioMech Golf’s first product, the AccuLock ACE putter, has demonstrated benefits to golfers with Parkinson’s. By virtue of its contact against the golfer’s leading forearm, the ACE facilitates a simpler, natural core putting motion. An upright, balanced stance helps to control and stabilize the stroke, thus eliminating unwanted and uncontrollable motion in the small muscles of the hands, wrists, and arms. As a result, the ACE gives Parkinsonians (and all golfers) improved putting control. BioMech will donate $5 from the sale of every ACE putter in 2016 to APDA. The putters are available at www.biomechsports.com and in select retail stores nationwide.
“At APDA we work hard to provide programs, services, and resources to facilitate a better quality of life for the Parkinson’s community, and the AccuLock ACE putter is one more step in that direction,” states Leslie A. Chambers, APDA President and CEO. “We are excited for people with Parkinson’s to be able to get back to the golf game they enjoy and we’re thankful to BioMech for the funds that will help us serve even more people.”
Golfers with Parkinson’s have noticed a difference, including Jason Tracy, an avid golfer living with Parkinson’s disease for 11 years. “My parkinsonian symptoms have made it increasingly more difficult for me to play golf. The design of this putter has given me improved functionality and has allowed me to putt with better consistency and accuracy,” states Tracy. “The position of the putter’s shaft against my forearm provides stability and reduces my excessive movement. I am now able to get back out on the golf course and play the game I love.”
“For me, the game of golf is both a health issue and a biological process that changes as your body changes,” states BioMech CEO Dr. Frank Fornari. “Being part of APDA’s efforts to support people with Parkinson’s and their families is important to all of us at BioMech as we work to help golfers adapt to changes from aging, injury, disease, behavior, schedule, etc. and continue to play and enjoy the game—and life.”
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ABOUT THE AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was founded in 1961 with the dual purpose to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for Parkinson’s disease. In that time, APDA has raised and invested more than $87 million to fund research, patient services and education, and elevate public awareness. As the country’s largest Parkinson’s grassroots organization, APDA aims to Ease the Burden for the more than one million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and their families through a nationwide network of Chapters, Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, and support groups. APDA pursues its efforts to Find the Cure by funding Centers for Advanced Research and awarding grants to fund the most promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease.
ABOUT BIOMECH GOLF EQUIPMENT
Founded by scientists and design engineers credentialed in the biological and physical sciences, the company utilizes functional and clinical anatomy, physiology, and physics to optimize golf movements. BioMech is a professional company that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes innovative golf equipment and the corresponding educational and instructional materials that enrich every player’s golf experience. Learn more about BioMech and its products on the Company’s web site: www.biomechsports.com.