Colorado Veterans Treating PTSD with Table Tennis

Feb. 11, 2013

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) says that one in five soldiers returning from service in Iraq or Afghanistan receive Veterans’ Disability Benefits because they suffer from a condition known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Experts say that statistic may be inaccurate since there is no conclusive way to determine if an individual has PTSD. This difficulty in pinpointing the disease has also created a demand for individualized and out-of-the-box treatments for beneficiaries.

A story from Colorado’s 9 News highlighted a program in Denver that is helping veterans afflicted with PTSD treat their condition through playing table tennis. The VA partnered with the Zing Table Tennis Club to match a group of local veterans with some of the top table tennis coaches in the nation in an effort to teach them the game.

Experts believe table tennis is an effective treatment for PTSD because provides the veterans with both physical exercise, which is proven to relieve stress and provide positive mental stimulation. The theory is backed by claims from many of the participants, who commented the program was extremely therapeutic.

The Denver Personal Injury Attorneys with McDivitt Law Firm are aware there are many veterans who never receive the help they need for a condition caused by their time in the military. That is why the firm urges veterans who believe they suffer from PTSD to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

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