Soldiers participating in the Regional Trails work with medical professionals and Adaptive Reconditioning Coordinators to include adaptive sports as part of recovery. Those Soldiers can then choose to begin the path to Regional Trials by participating in unit level competitions.
After advancing from Regional Trials, athletes head to Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas in February 2017 where they work with expert coaches, sports trainers, and nutritionists to prepare for the competitions.
This rigorous adaptive reconditioning training enhances the recovery of individual Soldiers, regardless of whether they ultimately qualify for the Department of Defense Warrior Games, set for June 30 through July 8, 2017 in Chicago. For more information on the DoD Warrior Games, visit http://warriorgames.dodlive.mil.
Army Warrior Transition Units
The care of our nation’s wounded, ill and injured Soldiers is a sacred trust and an enduring mission.
At the centerpiece of this mission are the Army’s Warrior Transition Units (WTU) providing the support Soldiers need to heal and transition back to active service or to civilian life.
A WTU closely resembles an Army unit, with professional staff and integrated Army processes that build on the Army’s strength of unit cohesion and teamwork so that wounded Soldiers can focus on healing before transitioning back to Army or civilian status.
Within a WTU, wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers work with their Triad of Care – primary care manager (normally a physician), nurse case manager, and squad leader – who coordinate their care with other clinical and non-clinical professionals.
Some WTUs are Community Care Units (CCUs) where Soldiers not in need of day-to-day care can be assigned to heal within their home communities, while retaining the benefits of dedicated leadership, military treatment facility staff, Warrior Transition Battalion staff and installation resources. Soldiers assigned to a WTU have one mission: to heal and prepare for transition. WTUs play a key role in the Army’s goal effort to provide the best possible care and support to every Soldier throughout the recovery and transition process.
The Army asks a great deal of its Soldiers and in return provides the resources, tools, and equipment necessary to support each Soldier as they transition to the next stage of their lives.
Adaptive reconditioning includes any physical activities that wounded, ill and injured Soldiers participate in regularly to support their physical and emotional well-being, both during their recovery at Warrior Transition Units and after their transition to the force or to civilian life. At WTUs, medical professionals work to include adaptive reconditioning in each Soldier’s recovery plan, and adaptive reconditioning coordinators are onsite at the Army’s 14 WTUs.
With the popularity of Warrior Games, many people believe that adaptive reconditioning activities focus only on sports. A unique partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Program, Warrior Games bring athletes representing all branches of the military together to compete in seven sports: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.
Adaptive reconditioning encompasses many other activities that allow recovering Soldiers to hone different skills, focus and relax. Each adaptive reconditioning activity can aid recovery and transition in different ways. While sports build camaraderie and foster healthy competition, other recreational activities such as fishing and music can be therapeutic and provide every day skills that will help Soldiers in their lives after recovery.