What is it about?

Recent systematic reviews have found preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of exercise on improving persistent symptoms following a mild traumatic brain injury. However, these reviews were restricted to one type of exercise only, the younger population and sport-related injuries. This systematic review aims to address these issues by reviewing the effect of any type of exercise on persistent symptoms following a mild traumatic brain injury without limitations with regards to age, injury case and time since injury.

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Why is it important?

This systematic review has demonstrated that the use of aerobic exercise is supported by mixed quality evidence and moderate certainty of evidence, yet there is limited evidence for the use of vestibular exercise for improving persistent symptoms in people following a mild traumatic brain injury.


As a physiotherapist working in a multi-disciplinary team, I have found that there is a discrepancy between health professionals about when to commence exercise, and what type and intensity of exercise to prescribe people following a mild traumatic brain injury due to fear of symptom exacerbation. Therefore, I hope that this article can help clinicians with exercise prescription in clinical practice.

Sally Vuu
Flinders University

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This page is a summary of: Physical exercise for people with mild traumatic brain injury: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials, Neurorehabilitation, September 2022, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/nre-220044.
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