The athletic events that make up the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games are adapted in a variety of ways to accommodate a variety of conditions and disabilities, from physical injuries such as amputations and visual and hearing impairments, to psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress. Below are the disability categories supported by the Warrior Games competition:

  • Ataxia – Lack of muscle co-ordination due to problems with the parts of the central nervous system that control movement and balance, typical of conditions such as traumatic brain injury.
  • Hypertonia – Abnormal increase in muscle tension with reduced ability of muscles to stretch, and joint stiffness, slowness of movement and poor postural adaptation and balance, due to problems in the central nervous system, typical of conditions such as traumatic brain injury and stroke.
  • Impaired muscle power – The muscles in the limbs or trunk are completely or partially paralyzed as a consequence of conditions such as spinal cord injury.
  • Impaired passive range of movement – Range of movement in one or more joints is permanently reduced due to trauma, illness.
  • Intellectual impairment – Limited intellectual functions and adaptive behavior, sometimes resulting from conditions such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
  • Limb deficiency – A total or partial absence of bones or joints as a consequence of trauma or illness (e.g. traumatic amputation).
  • Visual impairment – Vision is impacted by either an impairment of the eye structure, optical nerve / pathways or the part of the brain controlling vision.

Wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans qualified for the 2016 DoD Warrior Games by participating in structured camps, clinics, trials and daily adaptive sports activities that were executed nationwide with support from the DoD Office of Warrior Care Policy Adaptive Sports Program.

Read more about the eight DoD Warrior Games adaptive sports: