Sports courses can help injured soldiers

Sending injured armed forces personnel to participate in residential sports courses could aid and speed up their recovery, according to research to be presented at the British Psychological Society's annual conference today (8 May 2014).

A team at Leeds Metropolitan University led by Suzanne Peacock assessed 459 UK armed forces personnel who had been wounded in battle, injured in another way or sick with a mental or physical illness.

Each one went on a five-day course during which they participated in activities such as wheelchair basketball, volleyball, rock climbing and kayaking in small groups alongside tutors.

When quizzed on their mental wellbeing before and after the course, it was found that automony, competence and relatedness to the surrounding environment were all significantly boosted following the stay.

"These on-going findings highlight the positive short-term role of inclusive sport and adventurous training activities in the recovery of UK armed personnel," said Ms Peacock.

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