Sailors and Coast Guardsman may self-refer to the program or be referred by family members, command leadership or medical providers.
Fitness and teamwork are a way of life in the military. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life, often altering their physical capabilities.
Adaptive sports have been modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. They help wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates.
All wounded warriors enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior are encouraged to include adaptive athletics in their recovery plans to maintain their strength and endurance. Sports also helps build self-esteem, lowers stress levels and prevents secondary medical conditions from developing.
The Department of Defense Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition among more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as from international armed forces. The invitation-only event includes competitions in archery, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby. The wounded warrior athletes have upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses, and/or post-traumatic stress.
The goal of the Warrior Games isn't to identify the most skilled athletes, but to demonstrate the incredible potential and resiliency of wounded warriors through competitive sports.
Connect with the Navy Wounded Warrior adaptive sports coordinator via the call center at 855-NAVY WWP/855-628-9997 or via email at email@example.com to determine which activities are right for you. Navy Wounded Warrior hosts a series of adaptive athletic reconditioning camps at naval bases throughout the country that focus on strength training, nutrition and a variety of sports. Active duty athletes of all ability levels are welcome. Limited space is available for veterans. The program also involves enrollees in camps hosted by partner organizations and international competitions, such as the Invictus Games.
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Sailors and Coast Guardsmen may self-refer to Navy Wounded Warrior, or be referred by a family member, their command leadership or their medical team. Contact the Navy Wounded Warrior call center at 855-NAVY WWP / 855-628-9997, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.