Leisure Activities Decline After Traumatic Brain Injury

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During rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury, there is a focus on the recovery of functional abilities, such as walking, speech, or self-care. There is currently little to no attention given to the recovery of leisure activities after TBI, even though leisure can greatly impact quality of life and overall life satisfaction.

A recent study found that, after a traumatic brain injury, people often limit or completely discontinue leisure activities such as driving, hobbies, or attendance to parties and sports events. People who are in an inpatient unit for brain injury are less likely than others to participate in activities.

Therefore, rehabilitation should include some effort to introduce patients either to their former leisure activities or something more appropriate, if necessary. However, participation alone should not be the outcome measure. Satisfaction in the activity is the key factor in successful recovery.

Fleming J, Braithwaite H, Gustafsson L, et al. Participation in leisure activities during brain injury rehabilitation. Brain Injury. (August 2011).