Leisure activities-such as reading, sports, outdoor activities, or other hobbies-are an important part of our day-to-day lives. Leisure activities can also contribute greatly to a recovery after TBI. Not only do such activities add opportunities for social interaction and physical health, they can also enhance a sense of independence and personal accomplishment for returning to an activity that was enjoyed before the injury.
A recent study looked at three aspects of leisure activities after TBI. One, how does participation in leisure activities change from before injury to one year after injury? Two, how do age and gender affect participation in leisure activities? Three, are people with TBI bothered about how well they can participate in leisure activities?
Their results found that, one year after injury, 81% of people with TBI were not participating in leisure activities at the same level they did before injury. The most popular new leisure activity after injury was watching television. These changes contributed to a more sedentary, less social life-which dissatisfied most participants. Although decreasing some leisure activities, such as partying or drug and alcohol use, were considered to be positive changes, participants felt there were few new activities that could replace the lost ones.
Wise EK, Mathews-Dalton C, Dikmen S, et al. Impact of traumatic brain injury on participation in leisure activities. Archives of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation. (September 2010).