Cutting Edge Adaptive Sports Helps Rehabilitate Injured Veterans Thousands of American men and women have been called to duty, bound for Afghanistan and Iraq since the global War on Terror began, with many having since returned home injured or disabled. For them, the road to recovery can be a long and arduous one. Simple daily activities once accomplished with ease now require planning and effort. Recreational pursuits once enjoyed are now distant memories of a time without disability.
But for some recently injured veterans, sports and activities they once thought were beyond their grasp are now within reach thanks to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) cutting edge use of adaptive sports medicine and rehabilitation in its third annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.
The Clinic will be held September 19-25 in San Diego, and is aimed at introducing newly injured veterans to adaptive sports. Events include adaptive kayaking, sailing, track & field, cycling and surfing. What makes this rehabilitative event even more successful is that VA includes participation of the veterans’ sporting activities spouses or significant others, children and in some cases care givers.
VA is teaming up with founding sponsors Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) and the Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) to provide this exciting event along with many other national and community sponsors. The event is hosted by the VA San Diego Health Care System. “VA’s unique approach in ‘treating the whole family’ by including them in Summer Sports Clinic activities demonstrates to the veterans that they can indeed have an active and rewarding leisure lifestyle which their families can enjoy with them. HHV’s mission is to provide products and services that have a therapeutic and rehabilitative benefit to our nation’s hospitalized veterans. Miracles happen here and we are proud to be part of it,” said Mike Lynch, HHV President and CEO.