A brief summary of current research.
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.