MAHWAH, N.J., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As the "Official Joint Replacement Products of the Champions Tour," Stryker Orthopaedics, is kicking off tournament week by heading to Woodlands, TX for the Insperity Invitational. For the second consecutive year appearing at the tournament, Stryker continues to invest in its goal to educate golf fans about the importance of joint health and mobility. As part of the comeback to the Woodlands, Stryker is bringing new features to enhance the fan experience at its onsite activation, the Stryker Mobility Zone – a destination designed to educate golf fans on the importance of joint health.
To demonstrate their commitment to motivate fans to stay active, the company will be hosting the Stryker Health Walk at the Insperity Invitational and select Champions Tour events throughout the year. The Health Walk highlights 7-10 health facts and tips along the course for fans to follow as they watch a round of golf. To enhance the Health Walk and overall tournament experience, free pedometers will be distributed at the Stryker Mobility Zone, allowing tournament-goers to track their steps and mobility throughout the course.
In addition to the distribution of pedometers, this year, the Stryker Mobility Zone will welcome fans with the following experiences:
- Meet Mako – Stryker's robotic-arm-assisted technology – and learn how it's changing the way joint replacement is performed
- Interactive photo booth for fans to share highlights of their tournament experience
- On-site local orthopedic surgeons will provide fans with joint health assessments and additional education
- Meet and greet opportunities with Champions Tour Golfer and Stryker Brand Ambassador, Hal Sutton
Sutton, a three-year ambassador for the brand and two-time hip replacement recipient, will stop by the Stryker Mobility Zone to engage with fans in attendance following his round.
"I appreciate having the Stryker Mobility Zone as a destination right onsite where I can interact with fans after my round," said Sutton. "It's an incredible opportunity to personally connect with fans, talk all things golf and to share my story of undergoing total hip replacement surgery – twice."
As an added element to Stryker's stop in the Houston area, the company is teaming up with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital to host a "Meet the Mako" event on April 30th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The hospital is encouraging area residents to attend the event and learn about Mako. Orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Adam Freedhand and Dr. Kelly Blevins will be in attendance to discuss the newest technology in joint replacement; and Champions Tour golfer and Stryker Brand Ambassador, Fred Funk, who underwent total knee replacement in 2009, will attend to discuss his knee replacement story.
Additionally, two Honorary Observer spots will be raffled off during the event courtesy of Stryker. The lucky winners will be treated to a VIP experience as they walk inside the ropes with professional golfers on Saturday, May 2nd during the second round of play at the Insperity Invitational.
"Stryker is changing the way joint replacement is performed by introducing the Mako System to the orthopaedic industry," said Funk. "I'm excited to stop by the event to see firsthand how robotic-arm assisted technology works."
Sutton, whose 14 PGA TOUR victories include the 1983 PGA Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship in 1983 and 2000, has been a Stryker brand ambassador since 2013. In 2012, at age 54, after speaking with his doctor and learning about the differences in hip replacements, Sutton made the decision to undergo a total hip replacement of his left hip and received Stryker's Mobile Bearing Hip™. One year later, he received a matching Stryker Mobile Bearing Hip on the right side.
Funk, a Stryker brand ambassador since 2011, is one of the most recognizable names and personalities in professional golf. During his career, which spans more than 20 years, Funk has won eight titles on the PGA TOUR, including THE PLAYERS Championship 2005, and nine titles on the Champions Tour, including three Major Championships (two JELD-WEN Tradition titles and the 2009 U.S. Senior Open), since turning 50 in 2006. Funk underwent total knee replacement in November 2009 and received Stryker's GetAroundKnee®. He won the Regions Tradition the following season, becoming the first player ever to win a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event after total knee replacement surgery.
Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies, including reconstructive, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology & spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives. Stryker products and services are available in over 100 countries around the world. For more information, please visit our website at www.stryker.com.
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