This article provides an overview of fitness considerations for persons with traumatic brain injury. Fitness professionals can become more knowledgeable in working with people with disability and other chronic conditions by obtaining the ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) specialty certification. It is important to remember that no two conditions or disabilities are the same. Establish an open line of communication with the individual and tailor the exercise program to meet their needs, goals, and desires. The question should never be whether or not a person can participate in physical activity, but how to safely and effectively administer physical activity.
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¹ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html.
²Mossbert KA, Amonette WE, Masel B. Endurance training and cardiorespiratory conditioning after traumatic brain injury. JHead Trauma Rehabil. 2010;25(3):173–183. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2885899/
³Veterans and PTSD. Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide. Retrieved from: http://www.veteransandptsd.com/PTSD-statistics.html.
⁴Wing, C. (2012). ACSM/NCHPAD Resources for the Inclusive Fitness Trainer. Indianapolis, IN: American College of Sports Medicine.
• ACSM/NCHPAD Resources for the Inclusive Fitness Trainer: https://www.createspace.com/4098608.
• NCHPAD factsheet: Acquired Brain Injury http://www.nchpad.org/98/5689/Acquired~Brain~Injury
• NCHPAD factsheet: Medications, Disability, and Exercise http://www.nchpad.org/911/5033/Medications~~Disability~~and~Exercise