More Reasons to Exercise After a Brain Injury

More Reasons to Exercise After a Brain Injury

A brief summary of current research.

Feasibility and Effect of Aerobic Exercise for Lowering Depressive Symptoms Among Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Pilot Study (2012)

Schwandt, M, Harris, JE, Thomas, S, Keightley, M, Snaiderman, A, & Colantonio, A. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 27(2), pp 99–103.

This study confirms earlier research that an exercise program is feasible and effective for people with traumatic brain injury. Aerobic exercise led to improved mood, cardiovascular fitness, and increased self-esteem. Study participants reported high satisfaction with the program and no unfavorable effects. Future research is needed to determine the intensity, frequency, and duration required to reach and maintain improvement.

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Posted on BrainLine May 2, 2012


Thank You Brainline for all the information. Im 61, a widow, was very active and they say a social butterfly, now it's a celebration to go out to see the dr and come home. I'm not driving now and I hope it's temporary. I hate having to depend on others. I'm afraid they'll tire from the days that keep coming. I simply slipped on black ice Dec 22, 2016 where my front side of my head bounced off a curb. Concussion. Just completing 2 months. Drs say 3-6 months of rest and drink water . I'm trying everything I can to be normal but it's certainly not working for me. While I hate seclusion, I love visitors but more so when they leave . I just started walking outside a few yards when I feel strong enough. My focus is good but limited then I get warm, nauseated and a splitting headache . I know I don't have it as serious as some of you and Im thankful. I'm simply tired and sad progress isn't as fast as Id like. What do you do to help yourself heal and for boredom and loneliness when you're feeling good? Thank you! Gracie

This is my fourth concussion, and the only time I have had lingering symptoms a month post TBI. I have found that exercise with any sort of bouncing or becoming too hot make my symptoms much worse, and bring back symptoms I thought I was rid of. It is very frustrating because before I was bike riding 13-20 miles/day, and now I have to check the thermostat before I ride 6, knowing I may not be able to function well tomorrow.

For me feeling fit and strong was everything. A former Royal Marine and Kent Firefighter. I train as hard as I ever have with the weights and walk everywhere, but sadly due to nerve damage I cannot yet control my right-leg enough to run, mind you, it's only been 10 years! Lol :)
A consistent exercise program helped me improve my TBI state more than ANYTHING!!! My memory is sharper, I\'m sleeping deeper, and I just feel happier all around!

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