Fit For Life - Sports Rehabilitation and the Armed Forces

REHABILITATION: THE WORK OF QUEEN MARY'S HOSPITAL, ROEHAMPTON, LONDON, ENGLAND, UK, 1944 | Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
REHABILITATION: THE WORK OF QUEEN MARY'S HOSPITAL, ROEHAMPTON, LONDON, ENGLAND, UK, 1944
Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

To coincide with the 4th Invictus Games, 20th – 27th October in Sydney, ‘Fit for Life: Sports Rehabilitation & the Armed Forces‘ highlights how playing sport has helped individual’s recovery over the last century. The use of sport as rehabilitation has a long history, primarily aiming to keep soldiers fighting fit and send the ‘walking wounded’ back to the front. The horrors of the First World War and the Second World War elicited an unprecedented response to rehabilitation looking instead to improve the civilian life of disabled servicemen. Sport, and physical therapy, became an integral activity seen not only to strengthen the body, but the mind, allowing service people to forget their wounds, even if only for a while. The growth of the Paralympics, and most recently, the Invictus Games, highlights the power of sport to inspire recovery and generate respect for those living with disabilities.

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