Exercise Benefits in Patients Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Chris J. LinEmail author
  • Kirk Lercher
Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation (G Galang, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation


Purpose of Review

This paper aims to understand in what aspects exercise benefits traumatic brain injury patients. It examines the molecular basis of how exercise may facilitate cognitive recovery, discuss the clinical evidence of the benefits of exercise on cognition and mood impairments in patients, and identify potential barriers for patients recovering from traumatic brain injury from engaging in physical exercise.

Recent Findings

There are extensive reviews exploring the effect of exercise on patients recovering from traumatic brain injury. Exercise appears to have benefit in global cognition and mood. Exercise is a non-pharmacological and non-invasive therapy for improving brain function in patients recovering from traumatic brain injury.


Exercise should be recommended for patients recovering from acute and chronic brain injury. It is seen to improve global cognition and mood impairments.


Traumatic brain injury Exercise mood Cognition 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation and Human PerformanceIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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