This brief is about the influence that sports and exercise have on veterans' well-being and therapies that impact the well-being of combat veterans. In policy and practice, healthcare practitioners should prepare comprehensive treatment models that encompass physical activity and sports where appropriate, and support groups should encourage veterans to participate in competitive sports or other recreational activities; the DoD could expand programs to provide sports to more disabled combat veterans and the VA should re-evaluate its programs to ensure there are no barriers to participation. Suggestions for future research include studying the effects of sports and exercise on the well-being of female combat veterans, including the type of exercise completed in the studies, and incorporating qualitative methods into the research.
Caddick, N., & Smith, B. (2014). The impact of sport and physical activity on the well-being of combat veterans: A systematic review. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15(1), 9–18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.09.011
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "The Impact of Sport and Physical Activity on the Well-Being of Combat Veterans: A Systematic Review"" (2014). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 279.
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