Psychosocial outcomes of an inclusive adapted sport and adventurous training course for military personnel

David Carless, Suzanne Peacock, Jim McKenna, Carlton Cooke

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    Abstract

    Purpose: To explore the psychosocial outcomes of an inclusive adapted sport and adventurous training course that aims to support the rehabilitation and personal development of military personnel who have sustained physical and/or psychological disability. Method: Narrative life story interviews were conducted with 11 men aged 20-43 taking part in one of the 5-day courses. A thematic narrative analysis was conducted, focusing on accounts that provided insights into personally meaningful psychosocial outcomes of the course. Findings: We identified six themes, falling into two distinct clusters. "Bringing me back to myself" was achieved through the themes of (1) returning to activity, (2) rediscovering a sense of purpose, and (3) reconnecting to others. "New rooms to explore" was realised through (4) experiencing new activities, (5) being valued/respected/cared for and (6) being inspired by other people. Conclusion: Involvement in the course stimulated a balance of present-and future-oriented psychosocial outcomes through which participants both recreated aspects of themselves that had been lost through injury/trauma and moved forward with their lives as a result of new horizons of possibility.Implications for RehabilitationThis 5-day inclusive adapted sport and adventurous training course offered meaningful psychosocial outcomes among military personnel who had experienced physical and/or psychological disability.The course helped participants recover aspects of their previous life and self through becoming physically active again, rediscovering a sense of purpose and reconnecting to others.Participants describe a broadening of life horizons as a result of the course, through new activities, being valued/respected/cared for, and being inspired by other people.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2081-2088
    Number of pages8
    JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
    Volume35
    Issue number24
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2013

    Keywords

    • Armed forces
    • Mental health
    • Narrative
    • Physical activity
    • Recovery
    • Soldiers

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