The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Care Coalition supports Special Operations Forces (SOF) wounded, ill and injured service members and their families with the goal of accomplishing this mission by, through, and with government and non-government organizations. The USSOCOM Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP) assists in both the physical and mental recovery processes and works to improve the overall health and welfare of wounded, ill and injured SOF through exposure to adaptive team sports and activities.
MASP goals include: providing post-rehabilitation support to wounded, ill and injured SOF warriors through participation in adaptive sports and activities; promoting physical fitness, peer-to-peer support and healthy/sustainable living regardless of impairment, injury or skill level; and preparing participants to continue their athletic growth on an individual level, at their own pace, and within their home communities. It is a privilege to participate in the USSOCOM MASP, and service members must meet designated criteria.
MASP service members can choose to participate in unit level competitions and then the SOCOM Trials. Participants include athletes with upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries; amputations; serious illnesses; traumatic brain injuries (TBI); visual impairment and post-traumatic stress disorder. Athletes who compete in the SOCOM Trials work with expert coaches, sports trainers and nutritionists to prepare for the competitions. This rigorous training enhances the recovery of individual service members, regardless of whether they ultimately qualify for the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games.
Athletes who demonstrate a team mentality and exceptional talent may be invited to compete in the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games, as representatives of Team SOCOM. The DoD Warrior Games represent the culmination of participation in structured adaptive sports and reconditioning activities of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The 2016 DoD Warrior Games (15-21 June 2016) feature eight sporting events with approximately 250 athletes representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, USSOCOM and United Kingdom Armed Forces.
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