West Point program provides strength training to Army’s warriors
June 1, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. (June 1, 2011) -- The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program (CSF-PREP), currently headquartered at West Point, recently led the mental skills training for the Army team at the second annual Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the Warrior Games help elevate the abilities for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers through athletic competition. More than 200 servicemen and women competed in seven sports. All eligible athletes were drawn proportionately from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command.
CSF-PREP actively works with the 29 Warrior in Transition Units across the Army. CSF-PREP education and training focuses on bridging the gap between the rehabilitation process and the warriorsâ€™ transition back into the Army or civilian life by providing the knowledge and skills to craft their future.
â€śTrue strength, both physical and mental, comes out when the pressure is on,â€ť Dr. Coreen Harada, CSF-PREP Senior Researcher, said. â€śElite athletes train to develop themselves mentally and physically, so it has been an honor to provide the Army team with the same training; training they can use for their athletic competitions and in everyday life.â€ť
CSF-PREP education and training is rooted in sport and performance psychology and applies tactics and techniques used by professional athletes and Olympians.
CSF-PREP trainers operationalize the material and training for the military to take Warriorsâ€™ performance to the next level. Trainers work with warriors in groups and individually to assist them in setting goals, building confidence, focusing their attention, managing their energy and integrating imagery into their training.
The Army team won 41 medals, including a gold medal in Wheelchair Basketball and a silver medal in Sitting Volleyball. Other events included Archery, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming and Track & Field.
â€śWatching these warriors push their limits and demonstrate their abilities through sport was a great opportunity,â€ť Harada said. â€śThese warriors now have the abilities to take their experiences back to their WTUs and communities to inspire others to excel in their transitions.â€ť
To learn more about the militaryâ€™s participation in the Warrior Games, visit www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0410_warriorgames/.