That Others May Ride
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Veterans MX is an entirely new kind of program for veterans:
Riders competing in the Warrior Class races at Lake Sugartree Motocross Park
Why It Works Physically
Motocross riding is very physical, relying heavily on the body’s core for balance and stability. It is rigorous therapy for muscle groups, while building neural coordination in nontraditional fun atmosphere. Unlike most physical activities motocross riding can be taken up by many amputees that cannot participate in traditional sports. Motocross involves seven points of contact with the bike and a result vets with amputations or other disabilities can overcome the their injuries and control the bike.
Why It Works Mentally
We provide the opportunity for veterans to experience motocross by providing coaching, riding equipment, and use of motocross facilities. Once on the bike, the fast-paced action and concentration provides a very individualized “in the moment” experience. Being “in the zone” can allow riders to achieve a break from unhealthy mental states. We create space for group discussion and social interaction. It is important to give veterans opportunities to connect, talk, and share experiences. These factors provide a sense of belonging, and improve confidence. Additionally, we provide professional counseling services and offer them in a way that increases the probability of veterans actually using these services compared to a traditional counseling environment.