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Feasibility and effect of aerobic exercise for lowering depressive symptoms among individuals with traumatic brain injury: a pilot study.
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PMID:  21386712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: : To establish the feasibility and effect of an aerobic exercise intervention on symptoms of depression among individuals with traumatic brain injury.
DESIGN: : A pre-post single group.
PARTICIPANTS: : our community dwelling participants (>11 months postinjury) with residual physical impairment recruited from an outpatient clinic.
INTERVENTION: : 12-week aerobic exercise program.
OUTCOME MEASURES: : The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression; aerobic capacity (cycle ergometer, heart rate at reference resistance, perceived exertion); Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and program perception (survey).
ANALYSIS: : Descriptive statistics to depict change in outcome measure scores. Answers from the survey were collated and presented as summary statements.
RESULTS: : All participants had fewer symptoms of depression, improved aerobic capacity and higher self esteem after the intervention. High satisfaction with the program was reported with no adverse effects.
CONCLUSION: : The aerobic exercise program was feasible and effective for individuals with traumatic brain injury, leading to improved mood, cardiovascular fitness, and self-esteem. Future research is needed to determine the intensity, frequency, and duration required to reach and maintain improvement.
Marika Schwandt; Jocelyn E Harris; Scott Thomas; Michelle Keightley; Abe Snaiderman; Angela Colantonio
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1550-509X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Head Trauma Rehabil     Publication Date:    2012 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-06     Completed Date:  2012-06-25     Revised Date:  2012-10-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8702552     Medline TA:  J Head Trauma Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-103     Citation Subset:  IM    
Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Injuries / complications,  psychology*,  rehabilitation*
Depression / etiology,  therapy*
Exercise Therapy*
Feasibility Studies
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Self Concept
Young Adult

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