Bowling as Stroke Therapy

In the town of Kernersville, North Carolina, a 71-year old man is going bowling. What’s remarkable about this man’s story is that he is a stroke survivor and has partial paralysis on his left side. He has little to no mobility in his left arm at all. Bowling is typically an activity which requires using all of one’s muscles, but this man has refused to let his stroke define who he is and what he can or can’t do.

David Layton is the man, and he suffered a stroke at age 55. Though his lifestyle changed after the stroke, David wanted to continue to be active and to live an enjoyable life. He found that with creativity and determination, he was able to do so.

Take bowling, for example. David uses a basket in his walker to carry the bowling ball to the foul line. He says that it is really a challenge to improve his game with only one hand, but he’s proud of all he can do at age 71. The important part, David believes, is to keep trying. He might not always knock that tenth pin down, but at least he keeps showing up. He bowls at Countryside Lanes so often that he’s become a regular – “the old man with a walker.”

He urges other stroke survivors to stay busy and to enjoy life – something he’s been able to do through bowling. David’s story shows that no matterwhat how old you are or what your level of health is, bowling is a sport to be enjoyed by all. It’s no wonder bowling America’s #1 participation activity.

Here at JB’s on 41, we invite bowlers of all ages to join us – from little ones enjoying their first bowling-themed birthday party, to colleagues enjoying their post-work bowling league, to veterans bowling for free on Memorial Day. There’s always an opportunity for play "therapy" with bowling, games, and food.  Learn more about bowling at JB’s on 41 at

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