Adaptive Training Foundation’s mission is to empower the human athlete, restore hope through movement, and redefine the limits of individuals with disabilities.
In January of 2014 David Vobora, a 5-year veteran of the NFL met US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills. Since retiring from the NFL, David owns and is head trainer of Performance Vault, a for-profit gym providing customized performance training for elite athletes. David opened up his gym, and offered up his training expertise to Travis, who despite being a quadruple amputee, never lost the inner desire to live “Army Strong.” The pair started working out together, customizing and adapting to the unique challenges posed by Travis’ injuries. Through working with Travis and engaging the veteran community, specifically those that were severely injured, David developed a passion for helping those with life-altering injuries find a path to life-fulfilling activity and fitness through adaptive performance training.
David recognized a void in the process to living an active and fulfilling life post-injury. While there are many excellent rehabilitation programs as well as adaptive/Paralympic sports organizations, none existed to bridge the gap from basic functional rehabilitation to adapted sport through individually customized performance training. It was out of this realization the Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF) was conceived. As David continued to help adaptive athletes create sustainable lifestyle changes over the next six months, he never allowed payment for the services provided. By September of 2014, Adaptive Training Foundation had received its 501(c)3 status to allow outside support for these ambitious athletes. ATF now offers REDEFINE, a 9-week intensive training program to Restore, Recalibrate, and Redeploy these athletes to inspire others in achieving what many would view as impossible.
In addition to the REDEFINE, ATF has also introduced the REIGNITE program to train adaptive athletes at the elite level. Through REIGNITE adaptive athletes now have a dedicated performance training environment to advance themselves in the Paralympic pipeline, or in the realm of elite endurance competition (IronMan).