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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Swim camp held for wounded warriors

By Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 19, 2013

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Sgt. Matthew R. Bowen, a patient from Wounded Warrior Battalion East, swims during a wounded warrior swim camp here July 18.

Sgt. Matthew R. Bowen, a patient from Wounded Warrior Battalion East, swims during a wounded warrior swim camp here July 18. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Traci L. Collett, a swim coach at Wounded Warrior Battalion West shows Sgt. Matthew R. Bowen, a patient from WWBn. East, a video of how he was swimming underwater during a swim camp here July 18.

Traci L. Collett, a swim coach at Wounded Warrior Battalion West shows Sgt. Matthew R. Bowen, a patient from WWBn. East, a video of how he was swimming underwater during a swim camp here July 18. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Sgt. Dominic Thiemann, a patient from Wounded Warrior Battalion West, swims during a wounded warrior swim camp here July 18.

Sgt. Dominic Thiemann, a patient from Wounded Warrior Battalion West, swims during a wounded warrior swim camp here July 18. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Sgt. Dominic Thiemann, a patient from Wounded Warrior Battalion West, practices the one-arm backstroke during a wounded warrior swim camp here July 18.

Sgt. Dominic Thiemann, a patient from Wounded Warrior Battalion West, practices the one-arm backstroke during a wounded warrior swim camp here July 18. (Photo by Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

Fifteen Marines and four coaches from Wounded Warrior Regiment, participated in a swim camp at the Wounded Warrior Hope and Care Center here July 18.

The camp physically reconditioned Marines within WWR through swimming, yoga, and educated them on the importance of athletic nutrition and recovery methods.

“The Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program operates year round and requires Marines to participate in at least three hours of physical activity a week according to individual capabilities and goals,” said Jennifer Sullivan, Wounded Warrior Regiment’s WARP coordinator.

This is the first of ten camps across the nation for wounded, ill, and injured Marines.  Future camps include archery, cycling, track and field, shooting, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.

The training focused on fundamental techniques and steps required for ensuring safety and to maximize performance.

Some athletes participate to relax while others train to go to the Marine Corps Trials, said Traci L. Collett, a swim coach with Wounded Warrior Battalion West.

For more information on the Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program visit their website.

Please contact Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca at Trevon.Peracca@usmc.mil.

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