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Exercise intervention in acquired brain injury rehabilitation: a discussion

Blake, Holly; Batson, Mindi


Mindi Batson


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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 25, 2008
Online Publication Date Sep 29, 2013
Publication Date 2008-04
Deposit Date Oct 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 9, 2018
Journal International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Print ISSN 1741-1645
Electronic ISSN 1759-779X
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 4
Pages 180-185
Keywords brain injury; physical activity; exercise intervention; psychosocial outcomes; social support
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Additional Information This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see


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