Sports, Disability, and the Reframing of the Post-injury Soldier

  • Seth D. MessingerEmail author
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 52)


In this chapter, I discuss the role that sports plays in framing the ideal physical rehabilitation patient in the United States Armed Forces Amputee Patient Care Program (APCP) at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Program leaders and clinicians emphasize the important role that sports can play in shaping good physical functioning outcomes for patients. A physically active lifestyle has been shown to improve both quality and quantity of life. But beyond this program, leaders and clinicians promote sports as a medium for healing from the consequences of traumatic injury. However, not all patients share in the commitment to achieving the kind of outcome envisioned in the APCP, and for them, it is a struggle to have their more idiosyncratic models of a good outcome accepted as one by program leaders and clinicians.


Prosthetic Device Limb Loss Residual Limb Sport Clinic Prosthetic Limb 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)BaltimoreUSA

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