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Archery Helps Army Sgt. To Focus

Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (May 7, 2022) – U.S. Army Sgt. Nichole Crane, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Recovery Unit, did not recognize the impact that archery would have on her life, but that is the power of this adaptive sport.

“It helps me focus on what’s in front of me,” Crane said.

Crane, who is participating in different events during the US Army Trials at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, found archery to be one of her favorite sports.

According to eight-year archery coach, U.S. Army Veteran Staff Sgt. Jessie White, a former Army Trials athlete. “The goal of archery is ultimately to shoot a perfect score which is a perfect 300.”

As Crane gets ready to shoot the arrow, she focused her breathing to get the perfect shot.
Deliberate breathing did not come easy for Crane however, her openness and the response of the recovery specialists have proved quite beneficial as they have taught her different techniques that are working for her.

One of the things that Crane likes about the Army Recovery Care Program is that she was able to receive one-on-one coaching from the specialists who would show up during her archery practices.

“Competing here has been a personal goal for me after ending up in JBLM for behavioral health,” Crane said.

Trying the different sports and being told that she was pretty good encouraged her to keep going and compete.

She believes that it would be a good deal for her to make it to Warrior Games 2022.
When asked how her first archery match went, Crane said, “I think I did ok. We were kind of making adjustments on the go but it was fun. I was just more or less having fun. ”

“This has been relaxing for me because I get to focus specifically on the target, I don’t have to think about all these other thoughts coming in,” Crane said.

Having struggled with accepting failures in moving forward, Crane is excited about the tools that she is receiving through the ARCP, tools that will benefit her now and in the future. From the help, she has been receiving she has been able to accept what she has done and focus on the next thing.

“They’re teaching me how to focus on literally what’s in front of me, one specific thing at a time,” Crane said.

Because of the impact that this sport has had on her, she has decided to purchase archery equipment.

“I am definitely planning to take the skills from here, especially archery, I even told my husband I am going to purchase a bow and he said let’s do it because this has helped me to calm down a lot,” Crane said.

She gives credit to her SRU who according to her has been amazing to work with. A work that is evident during her participation in the sport. She relays this in a conversation with her husband.

Crane said, “I was talking to him 2 weeks ago and he said you sound different, you don’t sound wound up or stressed out, you are kind of just relaxed.”

Coach White attests to this. “They don’t have a choice. It allows that relaxation because the brain is not going crazy, ”said White. “They’re focusing on what they’re doing and not all the other stuff that’s going on around them.”

“You will see that someone who was irritated before when they come on the archery range and start shooting, there is just that calming effect, and they are focused and more relaxed,” said White.

This year US Army Trials at Fort Bragg, from May 4 – 9 provides ill and injured active duty Soldiers across the country the opportunity to compete and represent Team Army at the DOD Warrior games from August 16 – 29 in Orlando Florida.

Date Taken: 05.06.2022
Date Posted: 05.07.2022 17:04
Story ID: 420230
Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, US

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