For the individual involved in developing the fitness program, acquired brain injury presents a unique challenge. The coach must have a working knowledge and understanding of the impact of the individual's brain injury.
Exercises and equipment must be adapted in a way that protects the individual as well as assists him or her in achieving goals. Success is a relative term and should be based on small incremental changes. People's lives become richer and more meaningful. When health dramatically improves, there is greater self-sufficiency and less of a burden on family, friends, and society.
The trainer must possess qualities of patience, persistence, understanding, consistency, and flexibility tailored to the individual's needs, with adaptation at the forefront of his or her skills. With the proper motivation, knowledge and support, caregivers and family will be successful in joining the fitness program.
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Achieving a Beneficial Fitness for Persons with Developmental Disabilities