A TEAM of researchers from the University of Worcester has been commissioned by the Royal British Legion to undertake a comprehensive evaluation the 2023 Invictus Games.
The project aims to provide the Royal British Legion with wide-ranging insights into the extent to which involvement in the Invictus Games programme aids wounded, sick and injured military personnel in their recovery journey.
The sixth Invictus Games will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, this month and will see competitors from around the world competing in a series of events.
Led by Professor Don Vinson, Coaching and Performance Research Group Lead, the team comprises Dr Emma Richardson, Senior Research Fellow in Inclusive Sport, Dr Gabriela Misca, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, whose research interests are focussed on military and veteran issues, and Professor Molnár, Inclusive Sport and Physical Activity Research Group Lead.
“The project also complements the research on supporting military and veteran personnel and their families in their recovery from the visible and invisible combat traumas, an emerging multidisciplinary research theme led by Dr Gabriela Misca from the School of Psychology,” Professor Vinson said.
“Although we are in the very early stages of the project, it is already evident the Invictus Games are so important to the competitors in their recovery journeys.
“We also know a sizeable proportion of the UK population is fascinated by the Games and so we’ll be very keen to share what we learn through a series of public events, exhibitions and academic publications”.
The Royal British Legion is currently responsible for the delivery of the Invictus programme for Team UK.