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Psychosocial impact of participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and Winter Sports Clinic

Sporner, ML and Fitzgerald, SG and Dicianno, BE and Collins, D and Teodorski, E and Pasquina, PF and Cooper, RA (2009) Psychosocial impact of participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and Winter Sports Clinic. Disability and Rehabilitation, 31 (5). 410 - 418. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose. The purpose of this study was to determine the characteristics of individuals who participa e in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) and the Winter Sports Clinic (WSC) for veterans with disabilities. In addition, it was of interest to determine how these events had impacted their lives. Method. Participants were recruited atthe 20th Winter Sports Clinic, held in Snowmass Colorado and the 26th National Veterans Wheelchair Games held in Anchorage, Alaska. Data of interest included demographic, sport participation information, community integration, self-esteem, and quality of life. A secondary data analysis was completed to determine how comparable individuals who attended the NVWG/WSC were to individuals who did not participate in these events. Results. The 132 participants were a mean age of 47.4 + 13.4 and lived with a disability for an average of 13.4 + 12.1. Participants felt that the NVWG/WSC increased their knowledge of sports equipment (92%), learning sports (89%), mobility skills (84%), and acceptance of disability (84%). The majority of participants stated that the NVWG/WSC improved their life. Of those who participated at the NVWG/WSC, they tended to be more mobile, but have increased physical and cognitive limitations as measured by the CHART when compared to the non-attendees. Conclusions. Recommending veterans participate in events such as the NVWG and WSC can provide psychosocial benefits to veterans with disabilities.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sporner, ML
Fitzgerald, SG
Dicianno, BEdicianno@pitt.eduDICIANNO0000-0003-0738-0192
Collins, D
Teodorski, E
Pasquina, PF
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 22 July 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume: 31
Number: 5
Page Range: 410 - 418
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/09638280802030923
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0963-8288
MeSH Headings: Activities of Daily Living; Adult; Cohort Studies; Competitive Behavior; Cross-Sectional Studies; Disabled Persons--psychology; Disabled Persons--rehabilitation; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Quality of Life; Self Concept; Social Support; Sports--psychology; Veterans--psychology; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 18608391
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 18:44
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 00:55


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