Chad McDuffee

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Joslyn, sons Chaz and Cade, daughter Alana
Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Veteran

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2012.
Why this sport?
A coach told him about the Valor Games that were to be held in Chicago, IL, United States. "I went and I fell in love with it. I won a bronze medal and figured that I was capable of doing something that I enjoy. I just needed to find out a different way to do things."
Training Regime
He carries a kettlebell with him to build up strength in his shoulder.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"It was all about positive mental attitude." (patrickdove.blogspot.com, 15 Jan 2014)
Other sports
He competed in cycling and powerlifting at the 2013 Valor Games Midwest in Chicago, IL, United States. (patrickdove.blogspot.com, 15 Jan 2014)
Impairment
He broke his right foot in 2006 while serving in the US Army in Iraq attempting to help servicemen trapped in a truck that had been hit by an explosive device. The injury was originally misdiagnosed as a severe sprain and he served another five years on a broken foot. The fracture was finally identified in 2011 and he had several operations to rectify the problem. However, the foot had become useless and he will require a cane for the rest of his life. (patrickdove.blogspot.com, 15 Jan 2014)
Other information
VETERAN
He served in the US Army for 11 years and completed two tours of duty in Iraq. (gosanangelo.com, 17 Nov 2013; brownwoodtx.com, 11 Apr 2013)

PTSD
He developed post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] following his experiences on the battlefield, but has found training and competing in Paralympic sport helps him manage the condition. "Getting involved in the Paralympic Games has given him something to work on and I can see a significant change in his mental and physical state," his wife Jaslyn said. (patrickdove.blogspot.com, 15 Jan 2014; gosanangelo.com, 17 Nov 2013)

OPERATION HOMEFRONT
Operation Homefront, an organisation that supports wounded veterans and their families, provided the funds for his specialised athletic throwing chair. (gosanangelo.com, 17 Nov 2013)