Sled hockey helping disabled Utah veterans maintain mental, physical strength

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – A group of disabled veterans in Utah is training to compete at the 2018 Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, CO next week. 

For Bob Eskridge, who lost a leg in Grenada back in 1983, sled hockey has helped him regain physical strength he lost over time after his injury.

Many of the veterans on the sled hockey team have spinal cord injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and lost limbs. 

“Sled hockey is the most fun I’ve had since I lost my leg,” said Eskridge, who has also skied and mountain-climbed with only one leg. 

Recreational therapist Heather Brown with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs said veterans who recreate have a better shot at regaining mental and physical strength than those who do not. 

The Winter Sports Clinic is April 1-6 in Snowmass Village, CO. 

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