Trauma has been identified as an epidemic in our society. Studies indicate that a significant portion of the population have experienced harmful or life-threatening events which have impacted their everyday functioning or well-being. Research shows that individuals living with a disability are more at risk for having experienced trauma in their lives than the rest of the population. There is good news: resilience, a person's ability to overcome serious hardship, can be grown over time.
This session will introduce the topic of trauma-informed care in adaptive sports, and will include:
• An explanation of what trauma is and why it matters in relation to adaptive sports instruction;
• An overview of the effects of trauma and how it can present; and
• Concrete tools to help instructors avoid the retraumatization of athletes, de-escalate situations when necessary, and help athletes build resilience.