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The idea and mission of Professional Transformation Sports Development (PTSD) was conceived in 2012 by founder Russell Davies. Russell was recently relieved of military duty in 2011, and within a year, he had discovered kayaking to be a source of relief and rehabilitation in coping with post-military life. In establishing himself as a recognized athlete in the extreme kayaking community, he learned that outdoor sporting is as reliant on its community as it is on the activities themselves. Since coming to this realization, he's shaped his passion and focus around sharing the benefits of outdoor recreation with veterans of the U.S. Military also inflicted with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. The Board of Directors for PTSD is comprised of colleagues sharing similar interests and passion in the benefits of therapeutic sporting.
After losing several close friends that had suffered from P.T.S.D. to suicide, Russell decided to make an effort to help the large community of veterans impacted by the condition. Seeing the benefits of outdoor recreation on P.T.S.D. first-hand, Russell wants to encourage veterans to work towards discovering hope and possibility in post-military life. The outdoor sporting community holds a unique fellowship, similar to that which is experienced while serving in the military. We are confident that by reaching out to veterans and showing them the possibilities of this lifestyle and community, we can make a tremendous impact on their lives.
“The outdoor sporting community holds a unique fellowship, similar to that which is experienced while serving in the military. We are confident that by reaching out to veterans and showing them the possibilities of this lifestyle and community, we can make a tremendous impact on their lives.”
Give veterans the skills and resources necessary to discover a new positive direction in life.
PTSD hopes to educate veterans on how to overcome P.T.S.D. and/or depression through engagement in outdoor sports of their choosing.
Provide veterans with a caring, inclusive, learning environment alongside other veterans who share a similar passion.
A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will develop P.T.S.D., many of which are not under that person’s control. If you were directly exposed to the trauma or injured, you are more likely to develop P.T.S.D.
Veterans currently living in the U.S.
of Vietnam Veterans suffer P.T.S.D.
of OIF / OEF Veterans suffer P.T.S.D.
of Desert Storm Veterans suffer P.T.S.D.
Quality gear is essential to properly participating in extreme sports.
You're not alone.
Develop a network of individuals with similar interests.
Please contact us for more information, to get involved, or donate to help veterans suffering P.T.S.D.