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2016 DOD Warrior Games

Monday, May 23, 2016

What is it?

The Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Approximately 250 athletes participate in eight sporting events, representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and United Kingdom Armed Forces. Athletes compete in archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. The U.S. Army will host the DOD Warrior Games at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, from June 15-21.

What has the Army done?

The Warrior Games represent the culmination of participation in structured adaptive sports and reconditioning activities provided by the Army for wounded, ill and injured Soldiers throughout their recovery. The Army has been participating in the Warrior Games since 2010.

The Army’s adaptive sports program encourages participation in physical and cognitive activities, inspiring physical fitness, mental strength, peer support and encouraging new opportunities for growth and achievement. The Army provides adaptive reconditioning opportunities at each Warrior Transition Unit (WTU). Each Soldier’s participation includes input from a physical therapist/occupational therapist and the interdisciplinary team to ensure participation meets the Soldier’s interests and abilities.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

The Army will continue to provide a wide range of adaptive sports and reconditioning activities as part of the Warrior Care & Transition Program at WTUs, as well as continue to support Soldiers and veterans who participate in the Army Trials and annual DOD Warrior Games.

Why is this important to the Army?

The DOD Warrior Games highlight the resiliency and warrior spirit of Soldiers, veterans and their families and caregivers. Benefits of adaptive sports participation include reduced stress, reduced dependency on pain medication, fewer secondary conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, higher achievement in education and employment, increased mobility, and increased independence.


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