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Handbook of Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology$
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Jeffrey J. Martin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190638054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190638054.001.0001

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Wounded Warriors

Wounded Warriors

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Handbook of Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology

Jeffrey J. Martin

Oxford University Press

With a large number of severely wounded military veterans returning home from various wars, sport is seen as vehicle to achieving rehabilitation goals. Introducing injured veterans to sport experiences can also have important mental health benefits. The purpose of this chapter is to review research on physical activity and wounded warriors. Sport- and physical activity–based recreation experiences have helped wounded warriors to re-engage in life and give their lives purpose. Other benefits include a renewed recognition and value of family relationships. In camps that lasted multiple days, participants reported that feeling respected and cared for enhanced their quality of life. Gaining sport skills has also led to improved physical self-concept. Some injured soldiers have reported being inspired by other injured veterans. PA experiences providing benefits often go well beyond traditional disability sports, such as surfing, scuba diving, yoga, horseback riding, white water rafting, mountain climbing, fly fishing, ballet, and Outward Bound programs.

Keywords:   military veterans, rehabilitation, wounded warriors, physical activity, recreation, family relationships, disability sport

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