Performance Enhancement and Resilience Training critical for Fort Riley Warrior Games Athletes

Today’s post was written by Ms. Rebecca Farmer of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Center Public Affairs Office

“I feel confident and as prepared as I ever will be,” remarked Sgt. Erin Stewart, one of the Fort Riley, K.S. Soldiers who will compete in the Warrior Games later this month in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill, and injured service members from all branches of the military.

Sgt. Stewart is talking about the training that Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Experts (MRT-PEs) Joel Druvenga and Susan Goodman provided Sgt. Scotty Hasting and herself. Sgt. Hasting and Sgt. Stewart successfully competed in the U.S. Army Warrior Trials, which took place in June at West Point, N.Y., and were selected to represent the U.S. Army Warrior Games team.

Between the trials and the Warrior Games taking place September 28- October 4, Ms. Goodman and Mr. Druvenga developed and implemented a long-term training plan for Sgt. Hasting and Sgt. Stewart, and provided a workbook including various mental skills cards. During the course of the train up, they taught resilience and performance enhancement skills, including the Thought-Performance Connection, Hunt the Good Stuff, Cues and Routines, Motivation, Energy Management, Focus, Confidence, Real-Time Resilience, and Imagery. To reinforce the application of these skills, both Ms. Goodman and Mr. Druvenga attended the archery and swimming practices.

Sgt. Scotty Hasting, WTB, left, and Sgt. Erin Stewart, WTB, right, smile with their medals after the Warrior Games Trials that took place June 16 to 20 in West Point, New York. (Photo by Jessica Healey, POST)

Sgt. Scotty Hasting, WTB, left, and Sgt. Erin Stewart, WTB, right, smile with their medals after the Warrior Games Trials that took place June 16 to 20 in West Point, New York. (Photo by Jessica Healey, POST)

For Sgt. Hasting, the training has taught him that, “…bad stuff is going to happen, you’re not going to be perfect and to just breathe it out. If I shoot a bad arrow, breathe it out and move on to the next one. I used to just use breathing but now I also use imagery just as much. It’s been a huge help to learn to deal with the negatives and positives in competition. I’ve learned to push through the negatives and turn them into the positives through imagery or breathing. ”

In addition to the Warrior Games, Sgt. Stewart is competing in the Invictus Games in London, from September 10-14, where more than 400 wounded, ill and injured service members representing 14 different countries will compete.

In support of the Warrior Games athletes, CSF2 has one MRT-PE partnered with each of seven sports- Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Archery, Shooting, Cycling, and Track & Field. They provide resilience and performance enhancement training tailored to the specific needs of the athletes based on their varying abilities and sports.

(l-r) Sgt. Scotty Hasting, Sgt. Erin Stewart, Spc. Jesse Sweesy, MRT-PE Susan Goodman, Archery Coach Jessie White, and MRT-PE Joel Druvenga after the Warrior Games Trials. (Photo by Jessica Healey, POST)

(l-r) Sgt. Scotty Hasting, Sgt. Erin Stewart, Spc. Jesse Sweesy, MRT-PE Susan Goodman, Archery Coach Jessie White, and MRT-PE Joel Druvenga after the Warrior Games Trials. (Photo by Jessica Healey, POST)

MRT-PEs don’t just support the Army’s wounded, ill and injured population for athletic competition. They are an integral part of each Soldier’s Comprehensive Transition Plan, providing an intensive Goal Setting program. MRT-PEs also provide performance enhancement and resilience training to Warrior Transition Unit cadre, staff, and family members.

It isn’t just the Army athletes who benefit from resilience and performance enhancement training. “These athletes inspire me to face my own challenges head-on despite any trepidation I may have,” remarked Ms. Goodman.

The Warrior Games is about more than winning medals—it’s about overcoming challenges to celebrate accomplishments. Each athlete competing tells a story of triumph, regardless of whether they stand on the podium. CSF2 is proud to support the Army athletes competing in the Warrior Games.

To learn more, visit:

Warrior Games http://www.wtc.army.mil/warrior_games/index.html

Invictus Games http://www.wtc.army.mil/invictus_games/invictus_games_2014.html

Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness http://csf2.army.mil

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A page from the workbook that supplements the resilience and performance enhancement training provided by CSF2 MRT-PEs.

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Performance Enhancement and Resilience Training critical for Fort Riley Warrior Games Athletes