By Jyrémy Reid
ARLINGTON, Va. – No matter how far someone advances in life, they can always achieve new goals. Task Force Phoenix at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Recovery Unit (SRU) in Tacoma, Wash. has created a new scoreboard that is helping to spur competition among Soldiers and stimulate interest in upcoming trials of the army.
JBLM recovery specialists still maintain records, but in December 2021 decided to publicly post some individual progress. The idea started as a way to see achievements and create friendly competition between soldiers. The chart also displays some gymnastics records, such as the 225-pound bench press repetition challenge.
“When soldiers walk into the gym, they find themselves again training and setting goals,” said David Iuli, an adaptive reconditioning program specialist at SRU. “I crossed the [recovery] program myself, and I can tell you, [Soldiers need] adapted sports… because it helps mentally.
Ahead of the Army Trials for the Warrior Games, SRU soldiers began training in January 2022. The scoreboard, which keeps track of records and hangs in a public area at the SRU, helps motivate individuals to hone their skills. , since the Army Trials feature many of the same sports. Some of the most prominent sports on the chart include archery, athletics, weightlifting, and swimming.
Archery and weightlifting are two of the most popular sports and attract a lot of attention. “I kind of get to delineate everything and just focus on hitting the target,” Spc said. Nicole Grue. “There is a feeling of serenity which I really like.”
The dashboard encourages soldiers to find adaptable solutions to meet their physical needs after each visit. Many participants start from the idea that they can only perform a few movements, but the specialists are always quick to make everything as adaptable as possible for the soldiers to achieve their objectives.
“If you look at it holistically, medical appointments are trying to take care of you medically, mentally, etc. …but the gym is your own time,” Iuli said. “It’s time to do your own work on and in your own space. Everyone has different goals, whether it’s losing weight or gaining strength. It is vital.
When soldiers come to an SRU, they are mostly focused on themselves. The dashboard encourages them to reach new heights by seeing what others are doing. In turn, participants who have made outstanding achievements receive the satisfaction of seeing their benchmarks in public view.
The Army Warrior Care and Transition Program is now the Army Recovery Care Program. Although the name has changed, the mission remains the same: to provide quality complex case management to wounded, ill and injured soldiers in the Army. Visit our website at https://arcp.army.mil
|Date posted:||02.10.2022 16:50|
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