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RESEARCH FOCI

Physical, Physiological, and Nutritional Dynamics in Tactical Performance This area explores the complex interplay between physical fitness, physiological health, and nutritional strategies that underpin the performance and endurance of tactical military athletes. It investigates how these elements affect operational readiness and long-term occupational outcomes.

Mindful Resilience: Bridging Military Service and Civilian Well-being Focusing on integrating mindfulness and physical conditioning, this research area evaluates how mindfulness practices, coupled with strength and conditioning programs, support psychological resilience and ease the transition to civilian life for military personnel.

Sustainable Performance Enhancement for Military-to-Civilian Transition This focus delves into the ongoing strategies that enhance physical and mental health to maintain peak performance. It considers how these strategies can be adapted and sustained as service members transition to civilian roles, ensuring their well-being and success in post-military careers.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

The problem is that tactical athletes transitioning from military to civilian life often encounter disjointed well-being strategies, lacking a cohesive approach to address their physical, mental, and nutritional needs, leading to mental health issues, physical injuries, and societal reintegration challenges.

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Physical, Physiological, and Dietary Demands Among Tactical Athletes Thesis Statement: Physical, physiological, and dietary demands impact tactical athletes' longitudinal occupational performance.

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Addressing the Complexities of Transition: Physical, Physiological, and Dietary Influences on Longitudinal Performance in Tactical Military Athletes The problem is that tactical athletes face significant challenges in adapting to civilian life due to the critical impact of physical, physiological, and dietary demands on their long-term performance and well-being.

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Incorporating Military Style Training for Peak Hockey Performance This article explores the integration of military-style training into hockey conditioning, emphasizing resilience, adaptability, and teamwork to enhance player performance, drawing on the my experience as an FMF Navy Corpsman and current research in health science.

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Integrated Mindfulness and Strength & Conditioning for Military Transition Despite the documented benefits of each approach, the research on their integrated application as a unified intervention strategy for transitioning servicemembers is sparse. This literature review aims to fill this gap by critically evaluating the intersection of mindfulness and S&C, proposing that their synergistic use could offer a more holistic support system during the military-to-civilian transition.

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WELLness Beyond the Battlefield: Introducing the Warrior Empowerment, Lifestyle, & Leadership (WELL) Program

DISSERTATION

Warrior Empowerment, Lifestyle, and Leadership: A Qualitative Analysis of Veterans' Perceptions During Transition and the Support They Receive This qualitative study explores veterans' perceptions of their transition needs from military to civilian life and the support they received, aiming to uncover the gaps and effectiveness of existing support systems. Utilizing a Grounded Theory approach, it seeks to inform enhancements to the WELL program and other interventions to facilitate veterans' reintegration into civilian society better. Specific Questions for Qualitative Inquiry: 1.How do veterans describe their transition experiences, and what themes are pivotal to their well-being? 2.What challenges and supports do veterans encounter during their transition to civilian life, and how do these factors influence their transition outcomes? 3.What processes do veterans identify as crucial in their adaptation to civilian life, and how are these processes supported or hindered by existing programs? 4.Based on the emergent data, what theoretical constructs can be developed to better understand and support veterans' transitions?

“If you would protect your body, guard your mind.”

-James Allen

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WARRIOR EMPOWERMENT, LIFESTYLE & LEADERSHIP (WELL) PROGRAM

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The Warrior Empowerment, Lifestyle, and Leadership (WELL) Program is a pioneering initiative to support veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. This comprehensive program addresses veterans' multifaceted challenges, offering tailored support across various key domains: physical well-being, mental health, social reintegration, economic stability, and educational advancement.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • Facilitate a Smooth Transition: Research indicates that structured transition programs are effective in helping veterans easily adapt to civilian life (Shirazipour & Latimer-Cheung, 2021).

  • Holistic Support: Provide integrated support encompassing physical, mental, social, and economic aspects, as holistic approaches are more effective in veteran reintegration (Walter et al., 2023).

  • Empowerment Through Education and Employment: Guide veterans towards educational opportunities and meaningful employment, crucial for long-term success and stability (Frederick et al., 2022).

  • Foster Community and Family Integration: Strengthen social networks and family relationships, key for a well-rounded social reintegration (Geraci et al., 2023).

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