IMPROVING MOBILITY AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY WITH BALLISTIC STRENGTH TRAINING

Grant number: 1104237 | Funding period: 2016 - 2021

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Abstract

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability amongst young adults, many of whom have difficulty walking. Muscle weakness is the main cause of these walking problems, but previous trials have failed to improve walking performance. We have developed new strengthening exercises which focus on how quickly the muscles can contract, rather than just how strong they are. These exercises can increase muscle power by 60-74% and are likely to improve people’s ability to walk.