BMI in TBI: When is it Safe to Exercise?


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Welcome to the 2019 Brain Injury Conference - Brain Injury Rehabilitation: The Health & Wellness Connection sponsored by Kessler Institute Rehabilitation and Kessler Foundation.

In this lecture podcast Irene Ward, PT, DPT, NCS, Brain Injury Clinical Research Coordinator at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation presents “BMI in TBI: When is it Safe to Exercise?”.

Program Summary

Each year, an estimated 2.8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury and face a wide range of physical, functional, emotional and social challenges. This course will focus on the importance of an individual’s overall health and wellness in rehabilitation and recovery. Topics will include personal identity, cognition and memory, maintaining relationships and the capacity to return to fitness and other physical activities.


• Identify brain injury as a chronic condition

• Define the role of a dedicated physiatrist in the trauma unit and the benefits of

acute medical rehabilitation

• Analyze the challenges of re-establishing personal identity and the impact on

personal relationships

• Assess the impact of cognition and memory on recovery and quality of life for the

person with brain injury

• Describe how body mass index (BMI) affects recovery and rehabilitation outcomes

This presentation was recorded, produced, and edited by Joan Banks-Smith, Creative Producer for Kessler Foundation on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Chester Campus, Chester, New Jersey.

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