From the Editor-in-Chief . . .
Posttraumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) negatively affects up to 30% of military personnel. Veterans can experience a diminished quality of life for decades if PTSD is left untreated. Additionally, PTSD is associated with cardiometabolic and psychological disorders. Physical activity is shown to improve physical and psychological health and may be of interest to veterans who may perceive physical activity more favorable compared to psychological treatments. Hall and colleagues have developed a program termed "Warrior Wellness," that has been informed by both an expert interdisciplinary advisory board and a consumer advisory board. This 12-week, randomized controlled trial, utilizes a community-based gymnasium and has outcomes for feasibility, acceptability and efficacy and is grounded in social cognitive theory. The components of the physical activity program are illustrated, and methods to reduce barriers and strategies for adherence and retention are discussed. This formative study is clearly written and describes very well the approach and consideration necessary for providing physical activity for the PTSD population. If successful, the Warrior Wellness program could be implemented in most communities as it requires modest levels of personnel and facilities.
The Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine welcomes the submission of manuscripts that implement physical activity programs and policies into the community at large.
Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM