“There is rehabilitative power in leading an active lifestyle and learning new skills and activities,” VA Secretary Bob McDonald has said about adaptive sports.
The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Kalli Hose, and her team provide medical support for the various sport venues. She says the physical and emotional benefits of adaptive sports, leading an active lifestyle and getting the right adaptive equipment can change lives.
“The more active a person is, the healthier they tend to be, both emotionally and physically,” Hose said.
Veterans from all across the country travel to San Diego for the clinic.
“It starts really at the local VA for each Veteran,” Hose explained. “They usually have a team of providers, from the rehabilitation doctors, to the prosthetists, and their primary care doctors. Their job is to make them as active as possible, including providing them with the right adaptive equipment.”
The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic represents VA’s continued commitment to offer adaptive sports and recreation therapy as an integral part of a successful rehabilitation program.