Physical Activity And Well-Being Of Combat Veterans

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This article was written by N. Caddick and B. Smith where sport rehabilitation is strongly supported. It showed support for veterans who have PTSD, brain injuries, spinal injuries, and other disabilities that may affect the well-being of combat veterans. A core assumption as established by Messinger, 2010 states how the “use of sport is that it helps veterans refashion their lives and identities as disabled individuals”. One of the strengths of this systematic review study is that it is able to review scientific findings from multiple studies and generate comprehensive evidence from relevant studies. Also, this article supports another approach of my research interest by emphasizing that the sport may be used as a tool for combat veterans to …show more content…

This means that well-being may be cultivated by experiences and relationships that bring personal growth and not necessarily expressed by the feeling of pleasure. These two aspects of well-being is relevant to my research because it addresses the different types of feeling fulfilled and both of them may be influenced by sports. Caddick and Smith more specifically categorized activities that individually have more influence of these two types of well-being. Physical activity and sports influence a veteran’s SWB more affectively through active coping and doing things again, PTSD symptoms reduction, positively affective experiences, impact of activity in nature, and quality of life. As where sport and physical activity shows more influence on the psychological well-being of a veteran in the following ways: determination and inner strength, focus on ability, identity and self- concept, impact of activity in nature, and sense of accomplishment. Based on the research and knowing certain activities that are able to influence specific symptoms gives a huge advantage for veterans to feel accomplishment in their …show more content…

Rogers, T. Mallinson, and D. Peppers where the main focus was to include a sport-oriented occupational theory intervention using high- intensity sports to support veterans who have PTSD and transition to civilian life. Authors diagnosed PTSD associated with functional and social disruption which includes weak interpersonal relationship, psychological resilience, limited activity engagement, and risk- taking behavior. Rogers, Mallinson, and Peppers presented a way of affectively treating combat veterans with high risk-taking behaviors, and showed a positive effect of decreased risk behavior while involved in high-intensity sports such as rock climbing, snowboarding, and surfing. Participants were more likely to act risky even before deployment; however, after returning to civilian life, high-intensity sport programs are able to help control veteran’s actions and choice of behavior. With that being said, it is relevant to my research topic in how these authors were able to interpret the treatment of high-intensity sport programs and use them as a tool to reflect the military culture of athleticism and patterns of engagement that involve psychological, physical, and environmental challenges (Morgan et al.,2001). Also, this study was collected prior to participation as well as after completing participation in activity. Based on participant’s performance, groups had a chance to meet and discuss what was helpful and what was learned while participating

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