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Adaptive Sports and Equipment for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries: Community Partnerships are Key to a Year-Round Adapted Sports Programs for Milwaukee Veterans

Shaunee Mulhollon, Joyce Casey

Abstract


Recreation is important to improve the overall quality of life for those who have disabilities. Adaptive sports are a part of recreation therapy, which allows each individual to experience recreation the way that best fits their lifestyle. Recreation Therapists at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center work directly with veterans with spinal cord injuries to enhance this part of the rehabilitation process. The purpose of this paper is to share the connection between the Milwaukee VA and community partnerships in adaptive sports.  Community partnerships provides a much needed bridge from the VA to the veterans’ success and regular participation in community-based adaptive sports programs. 


Keywords


adaptive sport; therapeutic recreation; veterans; spinal cord injuries

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