Disabled Sports USA wounded warrior adaptive sports rehab highlighted in news segment

Disabled Sports USA wounded warrior adaptive sports rehab highlighted in news segment


[MUSIC PLAYING] This is Fox 5 News at five. If you think war injuries keep
the nation’s wounded warriors from taking part in their
favorite sport, think again. I’m Jennifer Davis,
coming I’ll introduce you to a group who’s helping
the wounded battle back from their injuries. One group helping
wounded warriors stay active through
sports and now they’re hoping to inspire
more injured soldiers to get up and get involved. As Fox 5’s Jennifer
Davis shows us now sports is not just for fun. See here’s number one– Judas Recendez played
golf a little bit before he lost both legs,
when he was hit by an IED in Iraq three years
ago, but now golf is one of the many sports he’s
really embracing in an effort to stay active and strong. You’ve got to move forward. You’ve got to get out
even though it’s hard. You just got to try it. Experts say golf is a great
sport for wounded warriors to start with as they battle
back from war injuries. And thanks to the Wounded
Warrior’s disabled sports project, a division
of a group called Disabled Sports USA, these
guys are not only learning tips to work around their injuries– It throws off my
follow through– After completing a
series of classes and doing well in
rehab, they’ve also qualified to get a whole
new set of $3,000 Ping golf clubs for free, custom fit
to accommodate their injuries. It causes pain when I
try to follow through. So, I mean, between
them teaching me how to swing and not worry
about all follow through and helping getting clubs
that will facilitate it, they’ve helped out a lot. Golf is one of 16 sports
Disabled Sports USA helps coordinate with chapters
around the country to help wounded warriors
stay active year around. The group covers all costs,
and since 2003, they’ve helped more than 1,600
wounded warriors excel at skiing, rock climbing,
biking, and much more. Team River Runner is the
kayaking and whitewater boating program of the organization. Wounded warriors meet weekly
at 25 sites around the country, including this indoor
Naval facility in Maryland, so they can practice
their sport year round. It’s so fun that you forget
that it’s actually therapeutic. These kayakers are recovering
from traumatic brain and post-traumatic stress
injuries as well as a variety of limb injuries. This warrior’s arm
was so badly hurt he couldn’t even hold a paddle
when he first started kayaking. And Rob Brown had
never been in a kayak before he lost a leg in Iraq. It’s more of an escape. When I’m on the water
I can actually just forget about everything
that’s going on. He’s found kayaking,
especially through rapids, reminds him of something
he excelled at. It’s definitely like combat
because the adrenaline rush that we’re so
accustomed to downrange and you take that and
put it into a kayak and it’s you versus the water. Definitely get out
there and do it. It’ll bring them to
the point that they’re able to continue on
in a healthy lifestyle and possibly live on
for future generations. In Maryland, Jennifer
Davis, Fox News.

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