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Traumatic brain injury as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.” Symptoms that present with TBIs can range in severity and duration. The treatment process will be directly informed by an individual’s circumstances and the severity of his or her TBI. The Academy of Neurological Therapy asserts “Exercise has been shown to help improve and prevent many conditions, including: weight management, stress levels, emotional regulation/ mood, memory, attention, strength, endurance, balance, flexibility, and blood pressure regulation.” Regular physical activity and exercise can benefit anyone, especially TBI survivors. When individuals with TBI are physically inactive, it leads to reduced fitness levels and the development of secondary health conditions. There are myriad exercises for TBI recovery that can help an individual regain movement and strength as well as improve one’s cognitive functioning.  

Types of Exercise

The types of exercise that will be most beneficial to one’s continued recovery will vary as they will depend on the type of injury, the severity of the injury, the area of the brain that was injured, and its associated effects. An exercise program for an individual with a TBI should be customized to address an individual’s specific abilities and needs, while also considering the impact of the brain injury on one’s physical body and cognition. The different types of exercise for brain injury can help to improve:

  • Range of motion
  • Flexibility
  • Spasticity
  • Tone
  • Muscular and cardiovascular endurance
  • Balance 
  • Strength 
  • Cognitive impairments

Incorporating exercise post TBI can enhance one’s ability to perform activities of daily living independently, which can positively affect and support one’s autonomy. Further, studies suggest that exercisers with TBI were less depressed and reported a better quality of life than those who did not exercise. Prior to initiating any type of exercise after sustaining a TBI, it is essential to consult one’s medical team to avoid exacerbating any adverse TBI symptoms. 

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