Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

New residential activity course helps recovering Armed Forces personnel

Date:
May 7, 2014
Source:
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Summary:
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.

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.

Related Articles


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.


Cite This Page:

British Psychological Society (BPS). "New residential activity course helps recovering Armed Forces personnel." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 May 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140507211630.htm>.
British Psychological Society (BPS). (2014, May 7). New residential activity course helps recovering Armed Forces personnel. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140507211630.htm
British Psychological Society (BPS). "New residential activity course helps recovering Armed Forces personnel." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140507211630.htm (accessed December 18, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Science & Society News

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Kids Die While Under Protective Services

Kids Die While Under Protective Services

AP (Dec. 18, 2014) As part of a six-month investigation of child maltreatment deaths, the AP found that hundreds of deaths from horrific abuse and neglect could have been prevented. AP's Haven Daley reports. (Dec. 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
UN: Up to One Million Facing Hunger in Ebola-Hit Countries

UN: Up to One Million Facing Hunger in Ebola-Hit Countries

AFP (Dec. 17, 2014) Border closures, quarantines and crop losses in West African nations battling the Ebola virus could lead to as many as one million people going hungry, UN food agencies said on Wednesday. Duration: 00:52 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Los Angeles Police To Receive 7,000 Body Cameras

Los Angeles Police To Receive 7,000 Body Cameras

Newsy (Dec. 17, 2014) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the cameras will be distributed starting Jan. 1. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ivory Trade Boom Swamps Law Efforts

Ivory Trade Boom Swamps Law Efforts

Reuters - Business Video Online (Dec. 17, 2014) Demand for ivory has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of African elephants and now a conservation report says the illegal trade is overwhelming efforts to enforce the law. Amy Pollock reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Science & Society

Business & Industry

Education & Learning

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins