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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.
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Procedure: Cardiorespiratory fitness training
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.
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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Ages Eligible for Study:
15 Years to 65 Years (Child, Adult)
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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
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