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UK Sports Medicine Research Institute leads veterans event

Athletes on a field at training camp.
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/ by UK HealthCare

Returning to civilian life after service can pose challenges to veterans. For some, re-establishing a connection with their community can feel like its own battle.

To help make the adjustment smoother, the UK Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) and Team Red, White & Blue joined forces to host the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Eagle Athlete Camp held August 3-5.

Team RWB is a national organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. More than 47,000 Team RWB events were hosted in the U.S. in 2017.

Eagle Athlete Camp

This year’s Eagle Athlete Camp, the first to be hosted at UK, brought veterans and civilian community leaders from around the region together for a weekend of leadership workshops interwoven with performance training.

The camp brought in 20 participants from Kentucky and surrounding states.

The workshop and activities all blend together to provide opportunities for these leaders to build camaraderie with their follow Eagle Leaders and gain confidence in their own community leadership abilities.

“The camp will touch on functional performance, nutrition and supplementation, training plans, proper mechanics, injury prevention and treatment/rehabilitation,” said Jim Yauger, a regional program manager for Team RWB.

As part of the camp, participants were taught a workout system that was originally developed by SMRI researchers for the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division.

UK Sports Medicine Research Institute

While completing field training, camp participants had the opportunity to work with the SMRI’s advanced equipment and facilities. The SMRI, part of UK’s College of Health Sciences, is a multidisciplinary research center that studies injury prevention and performance optimization for civilian athletes as well as tactical athletes of the Special Operations Forces.

“We get to show them the gold standards for fitness and health and wellness measures along with injury prevention measures,” said Dr. Nick Heebner, associate director for research at the SMRI.

According to Yauger, the goal of the weekend was for participants to walk away with a renewed sense of assurance and tenacity.

“These camps inspire participants to commit to their own health and fitness while equipping them with the skills and confidence to lead events back in their community,” said Yauger.

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