The benefits of exercise in individuals with traumatic brain injury: A retrospective study

Wayne A. Gordon, Martin John Sliwinski, Joyce Echo, Michael McLoughlin, Michael Sheerer, Trisha E. Meili

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined the benefits of exercise. Design: A retrospective study. Setting: A community-based sample. Participants: A sample of 240 individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) (64 exercisers and 176 nonexercisers) and 139 individuals without a disability (76 exercisers and 73 nonexercisers). Main Outcome Measures: Scales measuring disability and handicap. Results: It was found that the TBI exercisers were less depressed than nonexercising individuals with TBI, TBI exercisers reported fewer symptoms and their self-reported health status was better than the nonexercising individuals with TBI. There were no differences between the two groups of individuals with TBI on measures of disability and handicap. Conclusions: The findings suggest that exercise improves mood and aspects of health status but does affect aspects of disability and handicap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-67
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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