ROVER is recognized by the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Health System as an official partner and provider for recreational therapy opportunities for the veterans in our region.
How is recreational therapy defined by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association? Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is “a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.”
Findings show that by participating in adaptive and able-bodied therapeutic therapy such as seated volleyball, sailing, diving or fishing veterans, combat veterans experience an increased feeling of competence and a general sense of vigor, and a reduction in depression, tension, and anger. The results also indicate a promising trend, towards potential improvement in overall psychological health.
The Veterans Administration’s study led by Neil Lundberg in 2011, show overwhelming support for this alternative. The majority of the veterans engaged in recreational therapy showed significant improvements in depression, anger, and tension. Medication can be used to treat many of the injuries that are incurred, but recreational therapy can be utilized as an alternative.
Our choice is to engage veterans with recreational therapy. According to the National Center for Veterans’ Studies and the Department of Veterans Affairs alternative therapies such as therapeutic recreation utilizing multifaceted cohort approach showing a drop in suicide attempts among veterans.
Current Therapeutic Recreation Opportunities
- Wheelchair T’ai Chi and T’ai Chi- Weekly Classes
- Georgia Aquarium Swim with the Whale Sharks Immersion Program- 4 Dives a Year