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Fitness Training After Traumatic Brain Injury

This study has been completed.
Motor Accidents Authority of NSW
Information provided by:
Sydney South West Area Health Service Identifier:
First received: November 8, 2005
Last updated: February 28, 2007
Last verified: February 2007
The aim of this project is to compare the efficacy of two different fitness exercise programmes on improving fitness and psychosocial functioning in a traumatic brain injured population. We hypothesize that a supervised fitness-centre based exercise programme, compared to an unsupervised home-based exercise programme will show significant improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, depression and community integration.

Condition Intervention
Craniocerebral Trauma
Procedure: Cardiorespiratory fitness training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Efficacy of a Supervised Fitness Centre-Based Exercise Programme Compared to an Unsupervised Home-Based Exercise Programme on Improving Fitness and Psychosocial Outcomes in a Traumatic Brain Injured Population

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Further study details as provided by Sydney South West Area Health Service:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Measure of Cardiorespiratory fitness:Modified 20 metre Walk/Run Shuttle Test:

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS)
  • Profile of Moods Scale (POMS)
  • BICRO-39
  • Sydney Psychosocial Reintegration Scale (SPRS)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
  • Hip to Waist ratio

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2007
Detailed Description:
The objective of this project is to compare a three-month supervised fitness centre-based exercise programme to a 3-month unsupervised home-based exercise programme on discharge from inpatient rehabilitation on improving cardiorespiratory fitness and psychosocial functioning in a traumatic brain injured population. We plan to carry out a multi-centre, assessor blinded, randomised controlled trial with a parallel group design to compare the two interventions. We hypothesise that the supervised fitness-centre based programme will provide significantly better outcomes, and that these gains will not only be evident on completion of the programme, but will be maintained on follow-up, thereby demonstrating that investment in a supervised exercise programme can provide beneficial long-term effects.

Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 65 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:Patients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury who have completed their inpatient rehabilitation at either of the three Sydney Metropolitan Brain Injury Units (Liverpool, Ryde or Westmead) will be included in this study if they:

  • have sustained a very severe or extremely severe traumatic brain injury
  • have had a hospital admission of > 1 month
  • are able to walk independently at > 1 m/s on discharge
  • are able to commit 3 hours per week to a fitness programme
  • live within the area serviced by the 3 units

Exclusion Criteria:

  • have a concurrent medical condition for which moderate to high intensity exercise is contraindicated
  • are still in Posttraumatic Amnesia (PTA)
  • have cognitive or language problems that affect their ability to understand verbal instructions
  • have behaviour problems not suitable for a fitness centre environment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00251108

Australia, New South Wales
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1680
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Health Service
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2117
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Westmead Hospital
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2145
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sydney South West Area Health Service
Motor Accidents Authority of NSW
Principal Investigator: Leanne M Hassett, MHSc Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Liverpool Health Service, SSWAHS
Principal Investigator: Robyn Tate, PhD Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney
Principal Investigator: Anne M Moseley, PhD University of Sydney
Principal Investigator: Alison R Harmer, PhD University of Sydney
  More Information Identifier: NCT00251108     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 02/052
Study First Received: November 8, 2005
Last Updated: February 28, 2007

Keywords provided by Sydney South West Area Health Service:
'traumatic brain injury'
'head injury'
'brain injuries'
'exercise therapy'
'physical fitness'

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Injuries
Craniocerebral Trauma
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on April 26, 2017