Physical activity is essential for health and well-being. The importance of an active lifestyle is increasingly being recognized in rehabilitation for its benefits to quality of life and the prevention and management of secondary disease resulting from disability.
However, there is a paucity of published evidence for lifestyle exercise intervention in traumatic brain injury. Most studies evaluate the impact of specific physical rehabilitation therapies or exercise intervention, with physical fitness or body composition as outcomes. Few studies also consider the psychosocial benefits of exercise.
This article discusses the limited literature on lifestyle exercise interventions for people with traumatic brain injury together with future directions for intervention. Further research which investigates the impact of exercise intervention on health and well-being of brain injured individuals and their families is clearly needed.
Blake, H., & Batson, M. (2008). Exercise intervention in acquired brain injury rehabilitation: a discussion. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 15(4), (180-185). doi:10.12968/ijtr.2008.15.4.29037. ISSN 1741-1645