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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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This study examined the benefits of exercise


A retrospective study


A community- based sample


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


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

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