Adaptive Sports Events

Monday November 21, 2011

What is it?

Adaptive sports and reconditioning activities, such as archery, cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and sitting volleyball, play major roles in the recovery and healing process of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. Adaptive sports are one element of the Army's holistic approach to their recovery and transition.

At the Army's 29 Warrior Transition Units (WTUs), each Soldier develops a personalized Comprehensive Transition Plan that includes individual goals in six dimensions of life: physical, career, social, spiritual, emotional, and family. In coordination with the Paralympic Military Program, physical therapists and medical providers actively look for ways to incorporate adaptive sports into Soldiers' treatment and recovery plans.

Why is this important to the Army?

Participating in sports and physical reconditioning activities motivate many wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers to meet their physical goals much more quickly. Participating in adaptive sports helps them appreciate their continued abilities and focus on life after injury.

What is the Army doing?

In commemoration of Warrior Care Month, observed in November, with a theme, "Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit: Unlocking Unlimited Potential," the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) will host a sitting volleyball training clinic and tournament, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Pentagon Athletic Center, Washington D.C.

The training and tournament can be watched by all. Many of these athletes participated in the 2011 Warrior Games, and their talents and abilities are extraordinarily impressive. For a preview of what to expect watch this video.

Volleyball teams will include military and Pentagon league teams. Military sitting volleyball teams will be comprised of wounded, ill and injured service members from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Special Operations Command. A trophy will be awarded to the team winning the entire tournament.

What is being planned by the Army?

The Army supports approximately 18,000 wounded warriors, both active and retired, through WTUs and the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2). Learn more at the Warrior Transition Command website.

Warrior Care Month 2011 is being executed locally in Army communities - everywhere. Check your local installation and community newspapers to learn about upcoming events. Follow the month-long observance on Warrior Transition Command website and blog, and share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

Resources:

Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
STAND-TO!: Warrior Care Month
Events & News for Warrior Care Month
Warrior Transition Command
Social media links:
Warrior Transition Command Blogs
Warrior Transition Command Twitter
Warrior Transition Command Videos
Army Wounded Warrior Blogs

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"Americans traditionally reflect on the service of our nation's veterans during the month of November and give our thanks for the freedoms we enjoy because of their courage and sacrifice. Fittingly, the military departments have designated November 'Warrior Care Month'- a time to reaffirm our country's commitment to care for the wounded, ill and injured service members and their families ..."

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[Army expanding successful embedded behavioral health program](http://www.army.mil/article/69479/ / )

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