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Comparison of amounts and types of practice during rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury and stroke

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT, et al.


Figure. Instructed repetitions by therapists according to years of neurological rehabilitation experience. Therapists with 5 to <10 years and 10 to <15 years of experience instructed patients in significantly morepurposeful activities than therapists with <1 year of experience (*p < 0.05). Therapists with 10 to <15 years of experience instructed patients in significantly more purposeful activities than therapists with >15 years of experience (†p < 0.05).

Rehabilitation, including repetitions of physical exercise, helps patients regain skills lost because of damage to the brain. Research suggests that hundreds of repetitions are needed for the brain to make new "connections." Our study reported how many repetitions of exercises are being done in rehabilitation sessions with patients who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Results showed that the average number of repetitions being performed is less than what research suggests is needed to reorganize the brain and depends on the patient's diagnosis or the therapist's years of experience. This information invites discussion about how rehabilitation may need to be altered to maximize brain changes.

Volume 47 Number 9, 2010
   Pages 851 — 862


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Kimberley TJ, Samargia S, Moore LG, Shakya JF, Lang CE. Comparison of amounts and types of practice during rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury and stroke. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(9):851-62.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.02.0019
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