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The Benefits of Exercise in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Retrospective Study.

Gordon, Wayne A. PhD; Sliwinski, Martin PhD; Echo, Joyce MA; McLougbliu, Michael MS; Sheerer, Michael BA; Meili, Trisha E. Meili, MS, MPPM
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: August 1998
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Objective: This study examined the benefits of exercise

Design: A retrospective study

Setting: A community- based sample

Participants: A sample of 240 individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) (64 exercisers and 176 nonexercisers) and 139 individuals without a disability (66 exercisers and 73 nonexercisers)

Main Outcome Measures: Scales measuring disability and handicap. Results: It was found that the TBI exercisers were less depressed than nonexercising individuals with TBI, TBI exercisers reported fewer symptoms, and their self-reported health status was better than the nonexercising individuals with TBI. There were no differences between the two groups of individuals with TBI on measures of disability and handicap

Conclusions: The findings suggest that exercise improves mood and aspects of health status but does affect aspects of disability and handicap

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