Adaptive PT

Ladder golf, where one tosses golf-ball bolas to hook on ladder rungs, is one of the adaptive reconditioning activities that will be demonstrated during the Warrior Transition Brigade’s organizational day Friday. The sport is not only fun, but helps improve the physical stamina of soldiers with mobility issues.

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The Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade kicks off its adaptive reconditioning program with a command-wide organizational day Friday at the Fort Hood Sportsmen’s Center Pavilion adjacent to the archery range.

More than 200 soldiers are expected to attend the day’s activities and participate in board games such as chess and checkers, archery, Frisbee and ladder golf, four-square dodge ball and croquet, as well as art classes. In addition, volunteers from Project Healing Waters will teach soldiers fly-rod casting techniques.

Previously, the brigade’s adaptive sports program was limited to cycling, wheelchair basketball, swimming and yoga. Incorporating recreational activities into the unit’s physical activity program now enables soldiers additional opportunities to boost their physical fitness regardless of physical limitations.

Adaptive reconditioning activities have proven to improve the quality of life for wounded, ill or injured soldiers and are included in a soldier’s recovery plan. The activities are designed to increase independence, mobility and self-confidence, as well as reduce stress and lower secondary medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The long-term effects of participating in physical activities also improve employment opportunities and achievements in higher education.

Opening ceremonies for the daylong event start at 10 a.m.

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