About 80 veterans with disabilities from across the country came to San Diego last weekend for the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. The clinic aims to help veterans rehabilitate from recent injuries and improve their quality of life using adaptive sports, a sport for individuals with disabilities.
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Rehabilitation Sports Clinic Takes Veterans for a Spin
From August 8 to 12, instructors showed veterans from all branches of the military how to cycle, surf, kayak, and more while being injured. It reached to
“[Adaptive Sport]is a model of rehabilitation that allows veterans to leave hospitals, engage in communities, try new things and inspire themselves.
The VA has organized clinics in partnership with various groups that help wounded veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans and their caretakers, provided instructions and bicycles, including those modified for adaptive cycling. AmpSurf, a non-profit that teaches adaptive his surfing, brought veterans to La Heya Hoya Shores for lessons. Finally, the Mission Bay Yacht Club provided kayaking and training for veterans.
Veterans with disabilities paddle at the Mission Beach Yacht Club
This year, the clinic was held in person for the first time since 2019. The pandemic has forced clinics to hold virtual events.