Warrior Games Gives Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members Chance to Compete in Sports


Uploaded by usnavy on 26.11.2012

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THE WARRIOR GAMES GIVES SERVICE MEMBERS WITH INJURIES AND ILLNESSES A CHANCE TO COMPETE
IN DIFFERENT SPORTS AND ATHLETIC EVENTS. ONE SAILOR SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE WITH HOW THE
GAMES HELPED HIM RECOVER.
TECH SERGEANT MICHAEL JACKSON REPORTS FROM THE PACIFIC TRIALS IN HAWAII.
"CHIEF GUNNER'S MATE HECTOR VARELA IS ONE OF FORTY-THREE WOUNDED WARRIORS TRYING OUT
FOR A SPOT ON THE NAVY/COAST GUARD WARRIOR GAMES TEAM DURING THE PACIFIC TRIALS IN HAWAII.
HIS GAME IS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL.
"FIRST THING YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET BETTER AT THE GAME IS CONTROL THE CHAIR. A LOT OF
IT'S ARMS, SHOULDERS AND TECHNIQUE. TURNING LEFT, TURNING RIGHT…STOPPING. IT TAKES A
LOT OF ENERGY PUSHING THESE CHAIRS AROUND. "
CHIEF VARELA FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE GAME WHILE GOING THROUGH PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR AN ABOVE-THE-KNEE
LEG AMPUTATION.
"I WAS ASKED TO GO OUT AND TRY IT. I SAW IT ON THE SCHEDULE, SO I ASKED THE RECREATIONAL
THERAPIST, HEY WHAT'S THIS ABOUT? I WENT OUT, PLAYED BASKETBALL WITH THE GUYS, MET
'EM, STARTED ENJOYING IT."
FOR VARELA, THE GAME WAS A WAY TO GET BACK TO HAVING A NORMAL LIFE. AND SAYS THAT FINDING
A HOBBY OR ACTIVITY IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS ANYBODY RECOVERING FROM AN INJURY CAN DO
THAT.
"YOU'RE INJURED, YOU'RE DOWN. NOW YOU GOTTA GET BACK UP. GETTING INTO SOME KIND OF SPORT.
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BASKETBALL, IT CAN BE ANYTHING. FIND SOMETHING TO KEEP BUSY.
DON'T LET YOUR INJURY PUT YOU OUT OF LIVING. YOU GO THROUGH PHYSICAL THERAPY, THEY CAN
ONLY DO SO MUCH. IT'S WHAT YOU DO AFTER THAT."
THIRTY-FIVE OF THE WOUNDED WARRIORS QUALIFIED FOR THE TEAM-WITH VARELA BEING ONE OF THEM-AND
WILL COMPETE AT THE WARRIOR GAMES IN 2013. TECH SERGEANT MICHAEL JACKSON,
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HAWAII."