New residential activity course helps recovering Armed Forces personnel

Participating in a new five day course involving adaptive sport and adventurous training significantly improved the mental wellbeing of in-service wounded, sick and injured UK Armed Forces personnel. This is the finding of Suzanne Peacock and colleagues from Leeds Metropolitan University to be presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference today, Thursday 8 May 2014, at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

Peacock said: “The study aimed to evaluate the impact of participation in the newly-provided 5-day residential multi-activity course at the Battle Back Centre, Lilleshall on the recovery of in-service UK military personnel. The Battle Back Centre, funded by The Royal British Legion and run by the MoD, provides adaptive sport and adventurous training activities led by world-class coaches with residential accommodation.”

Some 459 UK Armed Forces personnel (7 per cent female) classed as wounded (battle casualties), injured (non-battle casualties) and sick (mental/physical illness) attended a five day residential multi-activity course. Courses are intentionally small (with a maximum of twenty-two participants and a ratio of one coach to three participants) and use inclusive adaptive sport (e.g. wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball) and adventurous training activities (e.g., rock climbing and kayaking) as vehicles for recovery. Participants completed questionaires relating to their mental wellbeing before and after the course.

The results showed that, in comparison to the general population and before completing the course, the Armed Forces personnel demonstrated lower levels of mental wellbeing. However, after completing the course they reported increased feelings of automony, competence and relatedness (a feeling of being connected to the world around you).

Peacock added: “Before becoming wounded, injured or sick, many of these young men and women considered themselves to be at the peak of their physical and mental fitness, so an injury or illness can make them feel like their life has stopped. Many feel lost. The courses at the Battle Back Centre aim to restore a sense of direction through personal development activities and rebuild confidence through undertaking and overcoming challenges.”

“Previous research has shown that participation in these activities can have a beneficial impact on recovering soldier’s wellbeing. Compared to non-military populations, the significance of the courses at the Battle Back Centre is that development to positive mental health is achieved in a much shorter space of time. These on-going findings highlight the positive short-term role of inclusive sport and adventurous training activities in the recovery of UK Armed Personnel.”

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by British Psychological Society (BPS). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Original story here.
Fitness News — Sciencedaily
— Courtesy “Science News Daily” (ScienceNewsDaily.com) <p>

SUBSCRIBE!: http://bit.ly/RE_sub, ESL: Practice American English with this imitation exercise. Hear the musical quality of the speech by hearing it on a loop…
Video Rating: 4 / 5


You May Also Like These Topics...
2 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

You Can Help Your Child Get More Exercise By Following These 5 Tips

Does your child get enough exercise? You can get your children more active with these 5 fun parenting tips.

man in black t-shirt and black shorts running on road during daytime

Better Health in Four Steps

In just four steps, you can improve your health for the better and this article will show you how. The steps below are bite-sized nuggets of health information you can actually use to live a healthy life. Here we go… Nutritional supplements are the first step As far as I’m concerned, they are very important […]

Top 4 Nutrition Predictions in the New Year

Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past — legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be a victim. Get a jump-start on […]

Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step

If you want to lose weight, you’re not alone. More than half of Americans desire to shed pounds, according to Gallup. This goal inspires people to take action in many ways, from increasing exercise to modifying meals. One thing many people do is skip breakfast in order to lower calorie intake. While this may seem […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Previous Post
Healthy Lifestyle

Fourfold increase in rate of diagnosed cases of celiac disease in the UK

Next Post
Cycling Fat Loss

Eating more fruits, vegetables may cut stroke risk worldwide


    • อรรถพล พุทธจิตพันธ์
    • May 11, 2014

    It’s quite Difficult. I’m thailand.

    • satel consa
    • May 11, 2014

    Shouldn’t the article A be omitted in “Is it a Best Buy”? great help
    although my jaw ache in this exercise. thanks for these videos.

    • Joao Paim
    • May 11, 2014

    Hi. Rachel,to have you
    like an language teacher is very important to us that live in Brazil. I
    Live in Ibirapua city and adore your classes. Thank you so very much.

    • ismail Tobbal
    • May 11, 2014

    love it thanks sooooo much my dear teacher Rachel

    • Mohammad Waheed
    • May 11, 2014

    You can’t imagine how inspiring your videos are. I used to struggle when
    teaching students, in my country, the proper American pronunciation of lots
    of sounds, specially ones such as the FLAP T. I started using some of your
    techniques and they are just working like charm. I just can’t thank you
    I do always refer people to your channel.
    Keep it up, Rachel. You’re a star.

    • Yeseul Shin
    • May 11, 2014

    I showed one of your imitation video to my friends!

    • Reema Akoor
    • May 11, 2014

    If it possible write what they speak , it easy to follow thanks

    • Henry Vu
    • May 11, 2014

    He’s so lucky to learn English w/ you. your smile is beautiful.

    • Tomasz Skaba
    • May 11, 2014

    Great American English. The best.

    • Joao Paim
    • May 11, 2014

    Joao Paim,and I am learning so much with your videos

    • Ali Clever
    • May 11, 2014

    Today, I woke up and went to school as you know, then I went shopping at a
    very big market some needs that I want, after that I did some exercise with
    my friends in the gym, and now i’m at my home watching your fabulous
    videos,,thanks very much Rachel!

    • jothi mani
    • May 11, 2014

    If you seriously want to shed pounds, you should do a google search
    Skinnimaker Diet. You are bound to get the body you deserve.

    • Rachel's English
    • May 11, 2014

    That’s a good question. I would say: “I’m going to Best Buy.” We’re
    discussing the answer to the question: what is it? It’s a restaurant, it’s
    a grocery store, it’s a Best Buy. Maybe because it’s one of a certain type
    of store? If you know any grammar masters, ask them and then report back
    here! 🙂

    • Harrison Santos
    • May 11, 2014

    I’m very, very, surprised!. Are you a classic singer?!

    • Vinicius Dantas
    • May 11, 2014

    Today i woke up at 8 o’clock. I remember that i’ve took a shower and went
    to work. At midday i went back to my house and ate a delicious food. Then,
    i went to the work again and stayed there until 6 o’clock. I picked up my
    car and went back to home. Now i’m here writting this essay about my day.
    I’m figuring out if a make any mistakes, can anyone help me? Thanks!

Leave a Reply