Beating Stroke: A Game Plan For Success

9780615553276: Beating Stroke: A Game Plan For Success
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BEATING STROKE: A GAME PLAN FOR SUCCESS uses the author's experience as a stroke survivor and exercise specialist to help the reader overcome the ravages of stroke both mentally and physically. The first five chapters of the book use personal experiences of the author to help the survivor develop the emotional and mental stability to battle stroke for a lifetime. Each stroke is unique, so strategies are presented that can be useful in various settings. This book is a tool and stroke survivors can adapt the tool to their specific situation. "Beating Stroke" addresses many important issues in living with stroke. Drawing from life experience, a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and using team work are just a few weapons to be used when battling stroke. Chapters six and seven explain the importance of self-rehabilitation and how to set personal goals. Insurance and money eventually run out for most of us, and we are left to our own devices to continue our rehabilitation. By setting short and long term goals, survivors will be prepared for the long haul. The author emphasizes the importance of reaching goals and setting new ones as a motivational tool. The rest of the book is a workbook which guides the reader through a variety of exercises designed to increase strength, balance and flexibility in stroke survivors. Each chapter presents different mode of exercise along with benefits. The author serves as a demonstrator, as these are all part of his personal program. Each exercise is described and photographed, including aquatics. The book is spiral bound, allowing for it to lay flat during use. Aquatics, core strength, weight training, and aerobics are all part of this cross-training program. A sample daily log is also included for those who wish to keep a record of their progress.

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Greg Schofield grew up in Antigo, Wisconsin, the son of a very successful high school football coach. Upon graduating from high school, Greg enrolled at the University of Wisconsin on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, followed by a Master's degree from the same university. Soon after graduation, Greg married his wife Sue, with whom he had three children: Sara, Amy and Tom. Greg taught and coached football and baseball at Verona, a small town outside Madison, Wisconsin, for eight years. With the goal of coaching at a larger high school, he took a job as offensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a small college in southern Wisconsin. In 1985, Greg accepted a job of head football coach at Merrill High School, in northern Wisconsin. Much of Greg's teaching assignment was to teach physical education to special needs students at the high school level. In October, 1989, while coaching a high school football game, Greg suffered a severe stroke. He was hospitalized for two months and missed most of the 1989 school year, going back to work in the fall of 1990 with severe residual effects from the stroke. He was 38 years old, with three kids in grade school and a head football coaching job. He continued teaching and coaching until retiring from teaching at the age of fifty-five. Greg has continued serving as an assistant football coach throughout his retirement. He was named the Wisconsin High School Football Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009. Greg's battle with stroke has been described as "remarkable" by fellow coaches and educators. He has used his background as an exercise specialist and the fighting spirit he learned through athletics to turn tragedy into victory. He has written a book, BEATING STROKE: A GAME PLAN FOR SUCCESS, and speaks to stroke groups throughout the Midwest. He serves as a motivator and instructor for stroke survivors of all ages.


Most survivors and their families struggle with how to improve after 12-18 month window of maximum improvement often given to them by medical personnel. Greg Schofield, who has professional experience conditioning athletes, decided to use his expertise to design an exercise program to improve his own conditioning. In 1989, Greg stroked at the age of 37. At the time he was a coach. As with so many stroke survivors he was pushed out the therapy door too early and only given info on how to live as a disabled person. Greg had drive to create a program which would help him improve his outcome, not just live with what he had. Greg begins his book by sharing some of the learnings, which help win the war with stroke. These include teamwork, positive attitude, and building a new life with stroke rather than trying to reconstruct and old life. He reminds us there are no miracles, only rewards for hard work. Most of the book describes the exercise program he devised. He begins by stating that the survivor should exercise with caution an check first with the doctor. The book emphasizes the need to improve conditioning. This increases overall health and often will help the body to use muscles which may be dormant. EXERCISE PLAN CHAPTERS: STRENGTH program This section is an overview. This progressive resistance program is designed to improve muscle strength. He explains how the process works and suggests equipment focusing on cost effectiveness. GETTING started Greg explains some of the basic problems confronting stroke survivors. In this section he explores the muscle groups to be improved and introduces exercises. AQUATICS Water buoyancy allows exercises not possible on dry land. Greg demonstrates some of the exercises possible. Aquatic exercise is another way to exercise muscles. It is an important addition. CORE strength The first few sections focus mainly on the arms and legs. It is also critical to strengthen the torso. Large exercise balls and weighted medicine balls are used in these exercises. When your torso is stabilized and strengthened your movement and balance should improve. STRENGTH training with weights Once you have mastered the exercises above, you may want to move on to using weight equipment. This will require joining a gym or purchasing a machine. The machine requires more resistance than used in the other exercises. AEROBIC exercise A good aerobic workout will increase your overall health. It may help you control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity. Greg explains some options. Although each stroke is different, this short book can give the readers ideas. The exercise chapters include pictures in addition to words. This helps understand the exercises. The book also provides inspiration. Who should read this book? Survivors who are ready to explore ways to improve their overall condition. --Lin Wisman-The Stroke Network, Inc.

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