How Attention Issues and Mobility Are Connected After Severe TBI

How Attention Issues and Mobility Are Connected After Severe TBI

A brief summary of current research.

Dual-Task Training for Balance and Mobility in a Person With Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Study

Fritz, N and Basso, DM, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Vol. 37(1), pp 37–43.

It is common to experience problems with attention after severe traumatic brain injury. This can lead to decreased mobility and balance, including difficulties with automatic movements like walking and stair climbing.

In this case study, mobility training during physical therapy was paired with cognitive and motor tasks (like walking while talking) to simultaneously address both attention and motor skills. The authors suggest the positive outcomes (including faster walking speed and less time to descend stairs) may be attributed to the intervention approach and should be considered in rehabilitation.

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Posted on BrainLine May 22, 2013.

Comments (3)

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Having had a TBI that causes me to have ataxia, I use a walker/cane to stay walking. I recommend therapy, because I was in a wheelchair! Occupational therapy helps with attention.

If I'm tired or working out it seems like my balance isn't so great I have to really concentrate to keep it which contributes to my mental fatige. It's just the way it is.

Hi. I am 40 years old. It has been just over a year since my TBI. I have been getting around ok. The last few months my balance has been getting worse. Im thinking about getting a wheelchair to use while out shopping or outings with family. What's the best chair ???