Veterans suffering from amputations, brain trauma and other neurological disorders have many resources available to them. One outstanding example is the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, providing veterans with rehabilitation of body and spirit. The clinic opened for registration in February.
Hosted by the VA San Diego Healthcare System, the clinic is scheduled for September 18 to 23 in the San Diego metropolitan area. The weeklong experience gives vets the opportunity to learn a variety of adaptive summer sports with world-class instructors, such as surfing, kayaking, sailing, cycling, and track and field. The vets can learn sports skills and participate in confidence-boosting sports clinics. Up to 100 recently-injured vets who receive care at a VA medical facility can register.
Participants can surf at La Jolla Shores, sail in San Diego Harbor, and participate in track and field at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in nearby Chula Vista.
The sports clinic takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation by encouraging veterans’ caregivers to also participate in the sporting events. Sharing the moment with a spouse or loved one, or with a VA physical or recreational therapist, makes it that much more satisfying. Veterans can strengthen their bodies, as well as their sense of being and self-worth.