Top Three Reasons Why We Love Working with Warrior Games Athletes

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

Warrior Games athletes have served, sacrificed and continue to prove that the strength of the Army comes from its Soldiers. These wounded, ill and injured Soldiers are not only overcoming significant physical and behavioral injuries, but they are resilient, setting the standard for what it means to be ‘mentally tough.’

Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Experts (MRT-PEs) partner with each of the seven sporting events at the Warrior Games: cycling, swimming, archery, shooting, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and track and field. The MRT-PEs teach resilience and performance skills that help the athletes perform at their best in competition, as well as live full and resilient lives. We asked them what they most enjoy about working with the men and women representing the U.S. Army during the 2014 Warrior Games.

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Fort Riley MRT-PE Susan Goodman discusses self awareness and cue words with
the archery team at the 
U.S. Army Warrior Trials June 13, 2014, at West Point, N.Y.

3. We see the positive impact on their lives

“I get to see the ‘a-ha’ moment an individual has when he/she opens up and sees how performance and resilience skills impact his/her life in a positive way.”

“Working with the Warrior Games athletes means having the opportunity to use my experience, knowledge, and passion not only to enhance their experience and performance at the games, but also help them develop the motivation and confidence to continue in their pursuit of activity and competition long after the games end.”

“It is a gift to be able to help them see that, while goals may change, the future is there for the taking. Helping them set in motion their goal plans and showing them what is right about them means more than I can say.”

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MRT-PE John Evans addresses the wheelchair basketball team, prior to
practice, at the U.S. Army Warrior Trials. 
June 13, 2014, at West Point, N.Y.

2. They inspire us

“These athletes inspire me to face my own challenges head-on despite any trepidation I may have and just go for it.”

“These athletes keep me on my toes, and I am constantly challenged to keep training innovative and relevant. They push me as a sport psychology professional and, as a person, to stay sharp and current on the techniques and skills I teach.”

“I can be simultaneously inspired by and be inspirational to the athletes. It means being a part of something greater- something motivating, encouraging and life-changing for all involved.”

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 National Capital Region MRT-PE Graham Block leads the cycling team through an
imagery script to help them with their race starts.  June 13, 2014, at West Point, N.Y.

1. It’s our opportunity to give back

“It’s my chance to give back in some small way to those members of our military who have given and are willing to give everything.”

“Being able to use my skills and knowledge to help someone during the recovery process allows us to give back to those who took such good care of my family [when my sister was born with significant medical issues].”

“Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers have already given so much that working with them is just one small way for me to give back.”

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Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness is proud to partner with the Warrior Transition Command in support of the  wounded, ill and injured Army athletes at the Warrior Games, and maintain our commitment to improve the readiness  and resilience of the Total Army- Soldiers, Army Civilians, and Families- as part of the Ready and Resilient Campaign.

For more information on Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness, please visit http://csf2.army.mil.

For more information about the Ready and Resilient Campaign, please visit http://www.army.mil/readyandresilient/

For more information on the 2014 Warrior Games, please visit http://www.wtc.army.mil/warrior_games/

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Top Three Reasons Why We Love Working with Warrior Games Athletes