Sports and other physical activities can be used to help traumatized people from different groups and ages with different types of traumatic experiences to recover from trauma symptoms and start a normal life.
Trauma-informed sports are effective in treating traumatized adolescents in residential treatment settings. D’Andrea, Bergholz, Fortunato, and Spinazzola (2013) used trauma informed sports with traumatized adolescent girls in residential treatment centers. The research found significant improvements in mental health and behaviors of trauma victims (adolescent girls) in six residential treatment facilities. The results support the positive impact of trauma informed sports in treating traumatized people. Hence, it can be concluded that sports generally and trauma informed sports specifically is important way to use for treating trauma patients.
Challenging physical activities can be used to effectively recover war veterans from traumatic symptoms and get into new life and normal life activities. Burkey and Utley (2013) found that mountain climbing helped a war veteran named Harry to recover from trauma symptoms, regain his normal life status to return to his active duty status. The research found that climbing activity helped war veterans to improved their self-determination and active coping to successfully overcome trauma and do things beyond their limits of disability. Hence, the challenging physical activities can help war veterans to cope their trauma and live a normal life again.
Burke, S. M., & Utley, A. (2013). Climbing towards recovery: investigating physically injured combat veterans’ psychosocial response to scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. Disability and rehabilitation, 35(9), 732-739.
D’Andrea, W., Bergholz, L., Fortunato, A., & Spinazzola, J. (2013). Play to the whistle: A pilot investigation of a sports-based intervention for traumatized girls in residential treatment. Journal of family violence, 28(7), 739-749.