Fort Riley, Kansas


Seated volleyball assists with team spirit

By Staff Sgt. Kimberly Smith | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | November 24, 2017

    The Warrior Transition Battalion held the second week Warrior Care Month seated volleyball game at building 675 Nov. 15. Thom Befort, occupational physical therapist, made an opening speech about the importance of adaptive reconditioning. Befort mentioned that adaptive reconditioning is for wounded Soldiers to participate in daily sports and activities to help their physical, cognitive and emotional well-being.

      Befort said the seated volleyball game builds camaraderie for the Soldiers and families.

    “This sport event is free with no cost. I try to incorporate these types of activities to increase mass participation. It is a great opportunity,” Befort said. “Seated volleyball is an adaptive sport that allows Soldiers that have injuries not to stand to play.”

      Two teams participated in the game. The Soldiers volunteered to be referees and kept track of the scores.

    Staff Sgt. Shawn Runnells from the WTB participated in the event. Runnells said the seated volleyball game took a lot of hand-eye coordination. He added that encouraging other Soldiers to be motivated has made him become appreciative.

     “I saw some of the WTB Soldiers for the first time playing this sport,” Runnells said. “Doing something different is good. Encourage your teammates to have fun by working together.”

      Sam Kim, occupational therapist, said the best part of playing seated volleyball with the Soldiers was watching their facial expressions.

      “The Soldiers were focused on the volleyball and looking excited,” Kim said.

      Lt. Col. Brady Beall, WTB commander, played seated volleyball with the Soldiers. It was his first year being part of Warrior Care Month. The game gave him an understanding that wounded Soldiers with a physical limitation can play different sports.

      “All of the WTB occupational therapists work together to make every effort valuable for the Soldiers,” Befort said. “There are six domains that make this rehabilitation program important, which are career, physical, emotional, spiritual, social and family.”

      Befort said the career domain will help Soldiers build confidence and self-esteem through internships and educational opportunities. He also said that the social domain has helped Soldiers focus on team building.

      “My focus is to get these WTB Soldiers that are transitioning or returning to duty to be physically fit for recovery,” Befort said, adding that his priority is to make sure WTB Soldiers are doing some type of physical activity every day.


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