Realising A Global Community: Panel 2: Medical Research Supporting the Invictus Community

May 20, 2024
5 Min read

This special iteration of the IGF Conversation looked at the impact of the Invictus movement over the last 10 years since the inaugural Invictus Games London 2014 and how a global community has been created and empowered to allow greater recovery pathways for the wounded, injured or sick service community.

The event was moderated by Louise Minchin, a well-known BBC Presenter and Broadcaster and featured participants from Invictus past, present, and future.

Panel 2 - Medical Research Supporting the Invictus Community

The second panel drew on the experiences and injuries sustained by the cohort involved in our Beyond the Finish line study and other ongoing research and discussed what can be learned and shared from these findings across all 23 members of the Invictus Community of Nations.

This panel will explores how research can have a positive and pragmatic impact on the rehabilitation of the international WIS community. As we continue to look at injuries sustained from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and how we can help future WIS communities we are seeing in countries like Ukraine.

We heard from Dr Emily Mayhew and Dr Paul Pasquina who work directly with the wounded veteran community as they have been clinically studying ways to improve lives for many years.

Jens Lunde, Team Manager for the Invictus Games Team Denmark and Kasper Holm a former competitor for Team Denmark gave us a first-hand perspective on the recovery experience for the competitors of the Invictus Games.

The panel concluded with the launch of Dr Celina Shirazipour’s research entitled ‘Beyond the Finish Line: Examining the Invictus Games’, a longitudinal study on participation in the Invictus Games to show significant short and long-term positive impacts on the recovery journey of international wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veteran community.

With thanks to American Airlines, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, BetterUp, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Fisher House Foundation, ISPS Handa and Monster for their support of the Invictus Games Foundation.

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