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Title: Cardiovascular fitness is unrelated to mobility limitations in ambulant people with traumatic brain injury.
Epworth Authors: Williams, Gavin
Weragoda, Natasha
Other Authors: Clark, Ross
Paterson, Kade
Keywords: Physiotherapy Department, Epworth Hospital, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Brain Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury
Trauma, Brain
Injuries, Brain
Injury, Brain, Traumatic
Physical Fitness
Mobility Limitation
Outcome Assessment, Patient
Patient Outcome Assessment
Life Expectancy
Muscle Spasticity
Postural Balance
Balance, Postural
Motor Skills
Range of Motion
Passive Range of Motion
Cardiovascular System
Physical Fitness
Physical Endurance
Exercise Therapy
Quality of Life
Life Style
Ambulatory Monitoring
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Citation: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 2013 November/December, Volume 28(6), p. E1–E7
Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between mobility, activity levels, and cardiovascular fitness in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) currently undergoing rehabilitation, and to determine whether mobility and cardiovascular fitness differs between people with TBI and matched healthy controls (HCs). Design: Cross-sectional cohort study. Participants: Twenty-eight people with TBI and 28 matched HCs. Outcome Measures: The primary outcome measure for mobility was the high-level mobility assessment tool. Steps per day was the outcome measure for activity level, and the physical work capacity at 130 (PWC130) submaximal VO2 Monark bike test was the primary outcome measure for cardiovascular fitness. Results: Results revealed no relationship (P > .05) between mobility, activity levels, and cardiovascular fitness in the TBI cohort. Participants with TBI had significantly reduced capacity for mobility (P < .001) and performed less physical activity (P = .002) than matched HCs; however, there was no significant difference in cardiovascular fitness (P = .094) between groups. Conclusions: Despite reduced physical activity and a wide range in capacity to mobilize, no relationship was identified between mobility and cardiovascular fitness following TBI.
DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e318279536d
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ISSN: 0885-9701
Journal Title: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Centre of Physical Activity Across the Lifespan (COPAAL), School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Cohort Study
Appears in Collections:Cardiac Sciences

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