Participation in sport for recovery through the Invictus Games has been shown to have a significant short- and long-term positive impact on the recovery journey of international wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women (WIS). While the full results of the research project ‘Beyond The Finish Line’ will be released in 2022 and will incorporate findings from the upcoming, rescheduled Invictus Games The Hague 2020; early analysis of the results of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 have so far indicated that competitors experienced greater post-traumatic growth than those who did not compete.
The research, led by Dr Celina Shirazipour, is exploring the long-term physical, psychological, and social impact of sport participation for recovery, and identifying best practices for sport programmes to support the wellbeing of the armed forces WIS community. The research spans the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and the upcoming Invictus Games The Hague 2020, now taking place in May 2021.
Invictus Games Foundation. Beyond the Finish Line. Research insights from the Invictus Games longitudinal study. This summary of findings was prepared for the Forces in Mind Trust.